Introduction to Computer Music

Learning Notation

MUSC 336 | Learning: Max | MIDI | MSP | Notation | Reason | History | Audacity

Links to notation software options and notation-related data formats including .pdf, .mid, and .xml.

  1. Notation Software
  2. Comparing Notation Programs
  3. Data Formats
  4. Music as Symbolic Data
  5. Electronic Score Libraries
  6. Virtual Instruments & Sound Libraries
  7. Music OCR
  8. Music Fonts


Audio Graffiti, Guide to Drum & Percussion Notation {MIT}

Donald Byrd, Extremes of Conventional Music Notation {Indiana University}

Michael Scott Cuthbert, music21: a toolkit for computer-aided musicology {}

Indiana University Composition Department, Music Notation Style Guide {Indiana University}

David MacDonald, Score preparation and production notes (March 13, 2018) {Scoring Notes}

Robert Puff, Of Note: Music notation tips & tutorials by Robert Puff & expert contributing authors {Of Note}

Philip Rothman, Create lead sheets in The Real Book style in Finale and Sibelius {Sibelius Blog}


Gould, Elaine. 2011. Behind Bars. London: Faber Music Ltd. {GBd | Amazon}

Read, Gardner. 1969/1979. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice, 2nd ed. New York : Taplinger Publishing Company. {GBd}

Risatti, Howard. 1975. New Music Vocabulary. Urbana-Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. {GBd}

Selfridge-Field, Eleanor. Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {GB}

Stone, Kurt. 1980. Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook. New York : W. W. Norton. {GBd | Amazon}

Updated: November 7, 2019

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music