Here’s a question that I received from a fellow organist:
Do you have a music-writing software program that you would recommend for organ music? I tried the 30-day free download from Finale and I was just starting to learn how to use the program when my trial period expired. I would like to be able to continue writing duets and special arrangements for my students, but I can’t afford $600 for the Finale program.
My experience with music notation software is limited. I used NotePad, the freebie version of Finale for awhile and then upgraded to their PrintMusic product. It gives me pretty much everything I need for creating musical compositions…and the off-the-shelf price is only $120. But if that is still more money than you want to put out, you can go the ultra-cheap route and check out the free versions like NotePad, MuseScore, M C Music Editor, and Notation Software. The price is great, but you know how it goes—you get what you pay for. I found NotePad awkward and limiting—only a slight step up from hand writing my musical compositions.
In searching the internet I found a music notation software review that rated 10 programs under $125. The front page looked promising, but the reviews were skimpy and extremely non-informative. (And am I being too cynical to say that I don’t trust everything I find on the internet?)
So, my wonderful readers, help me out here. I may be considered foolish, but I trust a random reader much more than a random site with lots of advertising, so please submit your response to any or all of the following questions:
How has your experience been using music notation software?
Which program(s) have you used?
How much did it cost?
Was it worth it to you?
When it comes to music notation software, what’s your recommendation?
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