Introduction to Computer Music

Learning Notation

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

  1. Notation Software
  2. Finale vs. Sibelius?
  3. Standard MIDI File (SMF)
  4. Data Formats
  5. Electronic Score Libraries
  6. Virtual Instruments & Sound Libraries
  7. Music OCR
  8. Music Fonts

Online Resources

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

Bigwood, Robin. 2014. "MakeMusic Finale 2014: Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows." SoundOnSound (July 2014). {SOS}

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

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

MacDonald, David. 2018. Score preparation and production notes {Scoring Notes}

Morris, Robert. 2002. How Does Music Notation Software Affect Your Music? {New Music Box}

Puff, Robert. Of Note: A Music Notation blog by Finale & Sibelius expert Robert Puff and colleagues. Available online at: <>.

Rothman, Philip. 2014. "Create lead sheets in The Real Book" style in Finale and Sibelius." {Sibelius Blog}

Schankler, Isaac. 2013. "Notational Alternatives: Beyond Finale and Sibelius." New Music Box (February 27, 2013). {New Music Box}

Wherry, Mark. "Avid Sibelius 7.5: Notation Software for Mac OS and Windows," SoundOnSound (December 2014) {SOS}


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. 1976. New Music Vocabulary. Urbana-Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

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

Updated: March 16, 2018

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music