Music 252: Introduction to Music Notation Software
Music 252 is an introduction to music notation editing on computers, with a focus on the Finale and Sibelius programs. Students interested in learning only one of these two programs may take the class for one credit. No prior experience with these programs is required or expected, although being able to read music is. In addition, free alternatives to these two commercial music editors will be surveyed.
The class meets from 10:00 to 11:50 a.m. on Fridays in Braun Music Building, room 128, during the Fall 2010 quarter.
|1||Sep 24||Finale 1: Simple Note Entry|
|2||Oct 1||Finale 2: MIDI Entry|
|3||Oct 8||Finale 3: Scanning/MusicXML|
|4||Oct 15||Finale 4: Fine Detail Editing|
|6||Oct 29||Sibelius 1: Alphabetic Note Entry|
|7||Nov 5||Sibelius 2: Midi Entry|
|8||Nov 12||Sibelius 3: Editing|
|9||Nov 19||Sibelius 4: Editing 2|
|10||Dec 3||Non-interactive: Lilypond/ ABC / Guido / muse2ps|
- Essential Dictionary of Music Notation by Tom Gerou and Linda Lusk. ISBN 0-88284-730-9
- Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software by Thomas Rudolph and Vincent Leonard. ISBN 1-4234-1200-1
- Finale and Sibelius (Sibelius 6 Handbook as PDF) online documentation and printed manuals found in lab.
- 1 - 3 credits, Letter or Pass/Fail
- 1 credit: come to 5 classes and do weekly assignments. (Typically Finale section or Sibelius section).
- 2 credit: come to 5 classes & do final project (Typically Finale section or Sibelius section).
- 3 credits: come to 10 classes & do final project.
- 50% class participation
- 25% homework
- 25% final project
- Final project:
- Typeset 10 pages of music, your choice, instructor's approval.
- Preliminary project submission 12 noon, 2 December.
- Final project submission due by 12 noon 10 December.
Due in class one week after assigned.
- Enter three songs from Teton Sioux Music by Frances Densmore using the computer keyboard with Simple Note Entry in Finale. List of songs can be found on page xiii. The first song is on page 67. Choose at least one song which has triplets (tuplets) to try and figure out how to enter tuplet rhythms (i.e., search the manual from the help menu).
- Input a page (or less) of simple music of your choice into Finale using all three input methods presented in class so far (Simple, Speedy, HyperScribe). Be able to discuss at the next class meeting: Which method works best for you (as a novice user of Finale)? Which method would work best if you were equally familiar with all input methods?
- Scan at least two pages of printed music of your choice and process with SharpEye (preferably using batch mode). Save the extracted symbolic data as a MusicXML file and load into Finale for final cleanup and printing. Extra Credit: Input the same music with one of the input methods presented in class (using the computer or MIDI keyboards). Is scanning or manual entry faster for the music you selected (speculate on the differences between novice and expert points of view).
- Typeset two of the example lines of music given in this PDF file (not including the one done in class, of course). See hints. Alternatively, choose an equivalent amount of music of your choice and my approval to do.
- Typeset 1/2 to 1 page of music in Noteflight and MuseScore (either the same or different music). Email a link to these scores in your Noteflight and MuseScore accounts. Also, transfer data from noteflight or MuseScore via MusicXML into Finale and print the music in Finale.
- Input a page of music of your choice into Finale with alphabetic note input.
- Input a page of a Chopin prelude using MIDI keyboard entry in Sibelius (only notes with no extra musical symbols).
- Add all extra musical symbols to the music entered in the previous homework (slurs, dynamics, ornaments, articulations, layout, etc.).
5 Class resources
- Finale Tips -- Tips for doing various things in Finale to avoid searching through the manual a second time...
- Sibelius keyboard shortcuts
- Sibelius Tips -- Tips for doing various things in Sibelius to avoid searching through the manual a second time...
- Notation program command comparisons
- Finale homepage: commercial music notation editor.
- Sibelius homepage: commercial music notation editor.
- MuseScore homepage: free open-source music notation editor.
- Noteflight homepage: online free/subscription music notation editor.
- Lilypond homepage: free open-source music notation renderer.
- ABC plus project: musical data format designed for folksongs, with basic polyphonic capabilities that can be graphically rendered with abcm2ps.
- Guido homepage: musical data format with an online graphical renderer (Noteserver).
- SharpEye homepage: Music scanning program.
- MusicXML homepage: Music data format for transferring music notation information between programs.
- Other notation software not covered in the class: