When we conceive a great idea, we need an efficient way to get it down. Luckily for musicians, music educators and composers, we can say goodbye to fumbling through manuscript papers and pencils and say hello to the many notation softwares that are available. Examples of widely used notation softwares include, Sibelius, Finale, Noteflight, Musescore, Flat io and Steinberg’s Dorico which is yet to be released with many many exciting features. However, some of these notation softwares don’t just function as softwares where you write, record and document. Softwares like Sibelius also come with a feature where you can create your own worksheets. This will come in very handy for music educators as we can easily create resources for the classroom. siebliusworksheet

Sibelius also offers something called an “ideas library” where you can choose some small themes which kind of works like a loop. The ideas library is a good resource to use to listen to different styles and get some inspiration for some ideas. However, because idea does most of the work for you in terms of composing original works, you can turn off this ideas library by going to Preferences>Ideas>Turn off.

ideas library

There are many other softwares such as Musescore which is free. Once notorious as a slow, laggy and glitchy program, it is now new and improved with many features similar to what Sibelius and Finale has to offer. Other softwares such as Flat and Noteflight are also useful as all you need to do is to type it in google instead of downloading and paying for an expensive software!

In conclusion, definitely check out all the softwares mentioned if you haven’t already as they are very useful for recording, composing, documenting and also for creating and providing resources for music education!