What is MuseScore?

MuseScore is a free cross-platform music notation (score writing) program, that offers a cost-effective alternative to professional programs such as Sibelius and Finale.  You can print your own sheet music or save it as a PDF or MIDI file.

MuseScore is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and you can download it from the MuseScore website, where you’ll also find a list of features, thehandbook and support forum.

No, I’m not the creator of MuseScore.  The talented development team is headed up by Werner Schweer, Thomas Bonte and Nicolas Froment and there are a number of other software coders and translators that donate their time and expertise to the MuseScore project.  If you’d like to support the MuseScore team, you can make a donation here.

How MuseScoreTips Can Help You

MuseScoreTips provides articles, tips and tutorials to help musicians of all levels of experience write and print their own compositions.  This website is a resource for composers, songwriters, arrangers, teachers and students wanting to learn more about how to use MuseScore, as well as providing general tips (non MuseScore-specific) for notating your own sheet music.

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About Katie Wardrobe

Katie WardrobeI am an arranger, copyist and music technology trainer who has spent a lot of time using notation software – mainly Sibelius – and I also run in-person training sessions for musicians (especially teachers) wanting to learn how to use music composition software quickly and effectively.

I’m based in Melbourne, Australia where I run my business Midnight Music.  I love to teach people how to get the most out of software programs and I still get a buzz out of the”aha” moment in a training session or conference presentation when someone learns a simple tip that will save them hours of work.

I’ve been a copyist and arranger for around 20 years and continue to typeset and transcribe music (write down the notation from a recording) for people located in and out of Australia.  I did most of my early work using “old-school” manuscript paper and a black Artline felt tip pen (0.4 thickness).  I used to draft each score using a 2B pencil and a ruler, then trace over everything with my trusty black pen.  Finally, I would erase the pencil markings to leave a clean-looking score.  In the mid 90s, a salesperson at a music store sold me Logic so I could move into the world of computer notation.  Even though he sold me the wrong product (Logic wasn’t really the best notation solution at the time), it opened my eyes to some of the benefits of working with computers.

I later met good friend James Humberstone who introduced me to Sibelius (version 2 at the time) and life changed again.  I’ve been using Sibelius ever since and still use it almost daily.  My training work with teachers and students in Australia led me to seek free and low-cost alternatives for those that couldn’t afford Sibelius or Finale.  I stumbled across MuseScore and after testing it out for a few days, was happy to discover that it could do much more than many of the other free or cut-down notation programs.  The MuseScore community is also an active one and questions are answered quickly on the forum.

MuseScoreTips.com will be a place to find great tutorial videos, tips, how-to articles, ideas for using MuseScore in the classroom and general information about music notation and publishing.

If you’re new to MuseScore, you may also be interested in my ebook MuseScore: The Essential Beginner’s Guide.

Training and Speaking Enquiries

You can read more about my software training sessions and conference presentations here.


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