For music lovers
MuseScore is a free, open source program for musical notation. If you’re trying to chart music for an orchestra or collaboration, it is the best option available.
With MuseScore create chord charts for multiple instruments, whether it's tab for guitar or double-staves for piano. You take control over everything from the key to the time signature.
If you’re in the market for a free notation software, MuseScore has all of the functions you’ll need to get your song on paper. You have complete freedom to make sure that your music is charted your way.
If you have a MIDI controller, you can make use of it. You can input notes directly by using your MIDI keyboard. This is really convenient for people working on electronic music. If you want to go one step further, add the chords and lyrics to the sheet as well. This is great for those looking to pass the music out to accompanying artists.
The interface is clean and free of clutter. While there’s a bit of a learning curve with MuseScore, it’ll be easy to find whatever you need. You can check out the pitch controls, which let you transpose instruments into concert pitch. Alternatively, you can write with piano and transpose for trumpet. Musescore gives you a complete toolbox for writing sheet music.
You can also export your notations into a MIDI format, so you can import it into your favorite DAW. With just a few clicks you take written work and get it into a DAW-accessible format.
Is there a better alternative?
No. MuseScore has everything you need in a notation software.
Where can you run this program?
It is available on Windows 7 (or higher) and Mac OS X 10.12 (or higher). You can also get it on Linux.
If you’re a musician or producer looking for a notation solution, MuseScore is the best you’re going to find. It’s further elevated by being free, so there’s every reason to give it a go.
Should you download it?
Yes, if you’re serious about notating music or helping a friend get their song on paper, MuseScore will come in handy.
- Free to use
- Takes input from MIDI keyboards
- Open source
- Can write for various instruments
- Difficult to learn
- Requires understanding of music theory
- Shortcut keys aren’t intuitive