Learn the basics of Sibelius 7.5 (Music Notation Software)

An introduction to using Sibelius 7.5 (from Avid) for creating music notation.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

This course assumes that you are already a "musician" (ie. you already know how to read music, play an instrument or sing, and follow a score.) This course will teach you the basics of inputing music into the computer notation program, "Sibelius." I will be demonstrating using version 7.5, however, while what is displayed on the screen will look different for versions previous to 7, the basic functions and shortcuts are all the same. We will not work toward a specific project, but rather, each topic will be covered as a separate idea, because once the document is created and you start composing, there is no right or wrong order to composing (i.e. after you have notes, you could add dynamics then articulation; or you could add articulation then dynamics.) So essentially, you don't need to complete the course in order. You can jump around and watch the lessons that pertain more to what you need to learn.

What are the requirements?

  • Students must have at least a basic understanding of how to read and follow musician notation.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Students will become familiar with the basic functions of inputing music into Sibelius.
  • Students will learn how to add lyrics to a score.
  • Students will learn how to transpose a score.
  • Students will learn how to export their score in several different formats.

Who is the target audience?

  • Musicians who need to create musical scores but have never used computer software to do it.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to Sibelius

Overview of everything that is going to be discussed in this class.

Section 2: Lesson 1 - Creating a new score

Topics Discussed:

- Portrait or Landscape settings

- House style formatting

- Time signature

- Pick-up beats

- Tempo settings

- Key signature

- Texts (Title, Composer, Copyright, etc.)

Section 3: Lesson 2 - The Ribbon

Sibelius 7 uses a “Ribbon” instead of separate menus (like previous versions of Sibelius.)

Section 4: Lesson 3 - Keypad & Home Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Overview of Lesson 3

- Explain the “Keypad”


Topics Discussed:

- More on the “Keypad” (including voices)

- “Step-Edit” Note Entry


Topics Discussed:

- “N” to toggle note entry

- Copy/Paste ( or “Option + Click”)


Topics Discussed:

- How to Add/Change Instruments

- “Transposing Score”


Topics Discussed:

- Add/Delete Bars

Section 5: Lesson 4 - Note Input Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Toggle “Input Notes”

- Write Triplets

- Input & Respell Accidentals


Topics Discussed:

- Transpose notes

- Swap voices

- Add intervals above/below


Topics Discussed:

- Plug-ins (boomwhacker note colors, color pitches, respell accidentals)

Section 6: Lesson 5 - Notations Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Change clefs and key signatures


Topics Discussed:

- Change Time Signatures & Barlines


Topics Discussed:

- Add lines (slurs, hairpins, trills, endings, octave markings, and pedaling)


Topics Discussed:

- Add symbols (segno, coda, mordents, etc.)


Topics Discussed:

- Change noteheads & add letter names to the noteheads

Section 7: Lesson 6 - Text Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Adding lyrics & changing text formatting


Topics Discussed:

-Add expressions, technique markings, plain text, rehearsal marks, and chord symbols.

Section 8: Lesson 7 - Play & Layout Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- Configuration, mixer, and transport settings


Topics Discussed:

- Margins, orientation, size, staff size, and title page changes


Topics Discussed:

- Hide/show empty staves

- Focus on staves


Topics Discussed:

- System/page breaks

- Split multirest

Section 9: Lesson 8 - Appearance & Parts Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- Engraving & note spacing rules


Topics Discussed:

-Instrument names


Topics Discussed:

- Beam Groups


Topics Discussed:

- System Object Positions

- Viewing parts in tabs

- Print & extract

Section 10: Lesson 9 - View & File Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- Change view from horizontal to vertical to panorama

- Zoom pages in and out

- Change invisible settings


Topics Discussed:

- Change note colors

- Show/hide panels


Topics Discussed:

- What do I do with the score when I'm done?

- Save/Print/Export

10 questions

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Instructor Biography

Paul Lukasiewicz, Educator • Church Musician • Music Technologist • Composer

I am a Scranton native and have been an elementary music teacher in the ScrantonSchool District since 2002. In addition to teaching music to students in grades Pre-K to 5thgrade, I also direct and create programming material for the TV studio at George Bancroft and produce the first and only podcast in the district. I have published articles about my work in the Scranton School District newsletter, which is distributed by the Scranton Times quarterly.

I started at St. Catherine's as an organist for the weekend masses in 1991. Since that time, I became the accompanist for the Youth Choir, the Adult Choir, choir director, and as of July 2009, director of music. I have debuted many original musical works at our church, including settings for "Ave Maria" and "For the Beauty of the Earth," several instrumental pieces performed during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and parts of my mass, "Missa Benedicta," named for Sr. Benedicta Berendes IHM, my music history teacher at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in 1999 with a BM in Music Education and was awarded The Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music. In 2007, I received my MA, also in Music Education from Marywood. In addition, I have studied music technology courses during the summers at Villanova University and online through the University of Colorado and have completed my TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) certification. My TI:ME instructors have included Dr. Tom Rudolph, Dr. Floyd Richmond, Dr. John Kuzmich, Ken Peters, and Mike Fein. I have taught various music and technology classes at Marywood University's Vivace Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Music Camp) since 1995.

I have performed in the pit orchestra of Marywood's major theatre productions, "Pippin," "A Chorus Line," "Guys & Dolls," and "Will Rogers Follies," and in the senior workshop production of "The Fantastics." I have also worked "behind the scenes," assisting with props, lighting, and sound for several music department productions. Several of my original pieces have been performed by the Marywood Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and at the Vivace Music Institute. I have also performed in several musicals and cabarets with the former "Diva Theater" and continue to work as an independent musician for weddings and wedding receptions. I have been teaching private music lessons since 1997.

I play the piano, organ, violin, and percussion, and have studied privately with Bob Manento, Sr. Immaculate Severino IHM, Steve Mathiesen, Mark Laubach, and Sophie Till.

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