Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks

Course Dates: 31/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

If you already know the basics of Sibelius, learn tips, tricks and shortcuts to navigate Sibelius with greater ease, and to take your score creation skills to the next level.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This course is for those with some existing skills in Sibelius to learn how to use more advanced functions under the guidance of an expert tutor. You will learn how to create high quality scores with greater efficiency and some of the more advanced features of the software.
You will need access to Sibelius version 6 or above. The 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. Sibelius First is not suitable for this course as it does not contain many of the more sophisticated functions.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- using filters, multiple voices, and quick note entry methods
- maximising layout in scores and parts
- creating bespoke context menus and keyboard shortcuts
- plugins for various functions
- find out about particular functions required by your own projects e.g. chord symbols, transposing instruments, arrange, specialist notation symbols etc.

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

- edit your scores and parts efficiently
- create publishable quality scores and parts
- have greater insight into the more advanced functionality in Sibelius
- create and export Sibelius scores to a variety of formats.

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

This course is designed for musicians and music teachers looking to improve their skills and efficiency in using Sibelius in order to prepare and print scores, parts and audio files.
You need some knowledge of music theory and confidence in using the basic functions of Sibelius (creating scores, inputting notation, adding instruments, familiarity with the keypad layouts and text types). You may have completed one of our introductory Sibelius courses, or learned the basics elsewhere.

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

Demonstrations and explanations from tutor
Practical class exercises
Individual exercises and tasks in class.

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

Desktop / laptop computer, ideally with small MIDI keyboard that you can connect.
Sibelius software, version 6 or above (not Sibelius First). Sibelius is available for both Mac and PC operating systems. If you do not have the software yet, you can find information about free software and free trials on the Sibelius website [external website].
Sibelius First does not have some of the features covered in this courses (e.g. edit filters, Sibelius sounds), so we recommend using the free 30-day trial if you do not yet own the full version of the software.

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

Your skills with Sibelius will be useful in course such as Music theory, Composition tehcniques, Songwriting, which you can find in the Musicianship section of the website.
You may also be interested in one of our many courses in Music technology and digital audio production.

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.

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Course Code: MK621

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Finished Fri, day, 31 Jul - 31 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

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

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