Matt Edwards

Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Technology Thursday: Free music notation software


Technology Thursday is a new feature here on the blog. Each Thursday I will highlight technology that can assist you in your preparation or performance. If you have a suggestion for a future article, send me a message.

Many pop/rock sheet music arrangements leave a lot to be desired. The accompaniments are simple and easy to play by the average piano player, but often lack the kind of driving energy needed for an audition. They also usually double the vocal line, which can interfere with a singer’s ability to be creative.

When you encounter an accompaniment that fits this description you have two choices: find another song or re-arrange it. Expensive notation software has made re-arranging cost prohibitive for many. Now thanks to a group of musician-programmers who have donated their time and energy to the greater good, musicians throughout the world have free access to a fully functional notation program.

MuseScore operates similarly to its much higher priced cousin Finale ($90-$430) and many of the commands are the same. Best of all, YouTube is full of great tutorials that show you how to easily get started and how to perform more complex operations as well. To download the software visit For a video introduction to MuseScore, click here.


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This entry was posted on October 22, 2015 by in Technology Thursday.

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