Sibelius: music notation software

Course Dates: 24/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

Ideal for musicians and music teachers. Come and learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Use Sibelius software to notate and arrange musical pieces, and to produce printed scores of a professional quality.
You will need access to Sibelius version 6 or above. Software runs on both Macs and PCs, and files are interchangeable between platforms, and can be saved in different versions of Sibelius as well as interchange formats to convert to other music programs.

What will we cover?

- Input notes using a MIDI and computer keyboard (if you have one)
- Graphic input of notes, symbols and text using the Sibelius on-screen toolkit
- Editing to correct mistakes
- Score layout and formatting
- Saving and exporting high quality scores.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Play musical notes and phrases into Sibelius using a MIDI keyboard (if you have one)
- Input notes and other musical items using the Sibelius on-screen tools
- Use the edit functions within the program to refine and/ or correct the notation
- Choose and format score layouts in a variety of ways to suit different musical styles
- Save and print out high quality scores for instrumental and other performers.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for musicians and music teachers looking for an introduction to Sibelius in order to prepare and print scores and other notation.
Good knowledge of conventional music notation and basic computer skills are required for this course.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation and explanation
Class discussion and questions
Practical work on individual projects: you will receive feedback and advice on these from your tutor throughout the course.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Desktop / laptop / tablet computer, ideally with small MIDI keyboard that you can connect.
Sibelius software, version 6 or above. Sibelius is available for both Mac and PC operating systems. You can find information about free software and free trials on the Sibelius website [external website].

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also be interested in:
- developing your Sibelius skills further in Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks
- Music theory, Music theory: counterpoint, or Songwriting courses
- learning how to work with audio files through courses in GarageBand, Music production with Logic, or Mixing and music production techniques
- explore your creative side in Sonic Arts, Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Arduino workshop, Hidden sounds: exploring contact microphones
Go to the Music Technology and digital audio production page to see the full range of courses. For advice email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630.
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.


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Very good, well worth it. A thoroughly-prepared course that explained the subject in simple terms and in easy stages that I could follow.
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Review by Penny / (Posted on 17/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Selena Kay Tutor Website

Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: MK558

Fri, day, 24 Jul - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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