MuseScore is a scorewriter supporting a wide variety of file formats and input methods. It is released as free and open-source software for editing music sheets, and it is accompanied by a mobile score viewer, a playback app, and an online score-sharing platform.

Capabilities, Benefits, and Key Features

  • Professional music notation software for students to edit music sheets in the Music Library
  • Allows input via MIDI keyboard
  • Allows transferring to and from other programs via MusicXML, MIDI, and more
  • Supports writing music scores for different instruments/genres

Limitations / Technology Requirements

System Requirements for each Operating System:

  • Windows:
    • 7 or higher
    • At least 300MB hard disk space
    • 1024x600 pixel resolution
  • macOS:
    • Version 10.10 or higher
    • 1024x600 monitor resolution
  • Linux: suitable for all Linux distributions


What can I expect?

  • Support Tier: Tier 2 - Sponsor Support: If students were to contact IT Help, they refer the user to an individual sponsor, typically an instructor of a given course. The sponsor would work directly with the vendor on any unresolved issues.

  • Acquisition Model: Direct Download: Software is downloaded to a local computer and installed to run from that specific device.

  • Licensing Model: Local user license: The license is included with the initial installation. In rare cases, a local license file may need updated periodically to contiue to use the application. Check the entry for that specific application for instructions to do so.

  • Authentication Model: None: No authentication is required after the application is acquired.

Who may use it?

Students in the music library will use MuseScore to edit music sheets.

How do I get started?

Download the MuseScore starter file from here and follow the provided instructions.

Is there a charge to me or my department?

MuseScore is completely free.

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