MuseScore - Create, playback, and print sheet music for free. MuseScore is open source music notation software that runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, and is available in over thirty different languages. It features an easy to use WYSIWYG editor with audio score playback for results that look and sound beautiful, rivaling commercial offerings like Finale and Sibelius.
Features supported by MuseScore include:
Unlimited score length
Unlimited number of staves per system
Up to four independent voices per staff
Score creation wizard and templates
Automatic part extraction and transposition
Repeats, including segnos, codas, and measure repeats
Dynamics, articulations, and other expression markings, with playback support for most
Custom text markings
Jazz notation, including lead sheets, slash notation and a “handwritten” font for text
Swing and shuffle playback
Mixer for instrument levels and effects
Early music notation
Import of graphics
Custom key signatures
Additive time signatures
User-defined score styles
Most elements in MuseScore are laid out automatically but can also be positioned manually. The capabilities of MuseScore can be extended via plugins, and the growing repository on musescore.org contains many plugins submitted by users.
MuseScore includes a set of sounds that reproduce common instruments (as defined by General MIDI) without taking up a lot of disk space or memory, but you can also substitute any SoundFont you prefer for a wider variety of sounds or for more realism.
MuseScore can import and export MIDI and MusicXML files, and it can also import from Capella and several other programs. MuseScore can export to PDF, PNG, and other graphic formats, to WAV and other audio formats, or to Lilypond for an alternative layout and print option.
MuseScore can upload scores directly to the score sharing site musescore.com. Program support is provided on musescore.org.
List of Changes:
Version 1.1 from 2011-07-27Show all changes
Version 0.9.6 from 2010-06-07
Ready for basic ensemble scoring; Support for nested tuplets; Playback for all general midi instruments; Auto save; Plus hundreds more improvements
Version 0.9.5 from 2009-08-14
Version 0.9.4 from 2009-02-06
Latest User Reviews:
Gregormelody 2011-07-26 12:50:27 #
I like the simple way to input lyrics for my imported song files. I've had some difficulty adding or editing notes that don't match the original file, with mixed results. If note correction/placement could be a more foolproof process, I would be happy to use MuseScore as my default lyric editor. Any suggestions?
Sandy Samnb 2011-05-28 23:44:20 #
Downloaded onto Mac 10.6 and worked without any problem. Used first time to transcribe a free midi file and results seem very clear. There seems to be only the top half of the page utilised thus creating an over large number of pages. This may be my issue having not read any docs as yet,
Borcam Lentod 2011-05-12 07:58:22 #
Very nice tool!
Neil Farley 2011-03-08 14:19:36 #
Although I have only had a few hours practice loading and scoring some bars I found MuseScore very easy to use and import / loading was very easy from the file types I have tried it with.
Cjrog928 2011-01-15 19:26:06 #
Trying to figure out some of the procedures etc and getting my midi to work. Thanks
Martin P Morley 2010-12-02 16:40:10 #
A few months ago I downloaded Musescore and found it fascinating but wanted to download more sound fonts but was unable to activate them and deleted the programme from my computer. I yesterday re downloaded but cannot make it playback at all even with just the basic sound, It tells me to go to displat / synthethiser but am unable to do anything. Help please. I want to hear it.Thank you, Martin Morley
Lauriehdavis 2010-11-12 23:30:06 #
Thank you for the opportunity to review. It looks like a great program, but I need to score in real time and it seems that Musescore doesn't do this.
Fitorasia 2010-08-19 08:52:38 #
Looks nice, didn't have much time to explore all features, but so far it has been helpful.
Jqking42 2010-07-02 02:16:54 #
Falhansen 2010-04-08 03:59:59 #
Very nice indeed! A very usable durable program that gives you exactly what you need then composing and writing scores. I'm very fund of the transpose function for each staff. And the best thing is import a midi file and split each staffs into separate parts and add your own notes or transpose a section.
Zdzakula 2010-03-07 23:21:12 #
It solved my problem. After creating MusicXML files with MuseScore, I needed to manually edit them, but the program did bulk of the work, so I am happy. I can warmly recommend it.
Dachba1 2009-09-18 19:24:01 #
I'm still evaluating it. So far, I've got it to hang on me by inserting a note (middle C). If you wish, I'll revisit this review after I have some time to use it; within a week or two.
Typist 2009-09-06 19:22:01 #
Awesome open source software. I don't know notation very well, and am limited by my own lack of knowledge. However, even with a great lack on my part, MuseScore makes up for it with its easy to use interface, and its wonderful, concise, and thorough help menu. I had need to use the forum (because of my lack of knowledge) and had a quick response from that also.....so looks like the forum is as good at the software. Thanks loads.
Ian Barton6 2009-09-03 00:00:48 #
At this stage I have not been able to use my own midi VSTI as I was considering live performance using a lap top and the screened score with active scroll eg like karaoke only with music.
Chemkido2 2009-07-27 23:27:54 #
It's great! I love it, there is only one problem that I can't quite iron out, but I might just be dumb :D I love music and this has made writing scores of music so much neater and faster!
Afruscione 2009-06-15 07:52:33 #
We are testing the Mac version and it is really great!
10a 2009-05-04 04:12:08 #
MuseScore is a lovely program, user friendly and just what I needed. I can now record my songs on my PSR3000 yamaha, save them on a memory stick and import the midi data on my PC to musescore. What a lovely surprise to see all the music printed out on score, ready to use. I can add lyrics and the name of the chords, only use the top line and quickly create a lead sheet. Thank you very much, keep up the good work.