Learn the basics of Sibelius 7.5 (Music Notation Software)
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Learn the basics of Sibelius 7.5 (Music Notation Software)

An introduction to using Sibelius 7.5 (from Avid) for creating music notation.
3.8 (9 ratings)
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Created by Paul Lukasiewicz
Last updated 10/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • Students must have at least a basic understanding of how to read and follow musician notation.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Musicians who need to create musical scores but have never used computer software to do it.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Introduction to Sibelius
1 Lecture 04:01

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

Preview 04:01
Lesson 1 - Creating a new score
1 Lecture 13:36

Topics Discussed:

- Portrait or Landscape settings

- House style formatting

- Time signature

- Pick-up beats

- Tempo settings

- Key signature

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

Preview 13:36
Lesson 2 - The Ribbon
1 Lecture 10:46

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

Preview 10:46
Lesson 3 - Keypad & Home Ribbon
5 Lectures 33:52

Topics Discussed:

- Overview of Lesson 3

- Explain the “Keypad”

Lesson 3A - Keypad & Home Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- More on the “Keypad” (including voices)

- “Step-Edit” Note Entry

Preview 07:55

Topics Discussed:

- “N” to toggle note entry

- Copy/Paste ( or “Option + Click”)

Lesson 3C - Keypad & Home Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- How to Add/Change Instruments

- “Transposing Score”

Lesson 3D - Keypad & Home Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Add/Delete Bars

Lesson 3E - Keypad & Home Ribbon
Lesson 4 - Note Input Ribbon
3 Lectures 33:38

Topics Discussed:

- Toggle “Input Notes”

- Write Triplets

- Input & Respell Accidentals

Lesson 4A - Note Input Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Transpose notes

- Swap voices

- Add intervals above/below

Lesson 4B - Note Input Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

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

Lesson 4C - Note Input Ribbon
Lesson 5 - Notations Ribbon
5 Lectures 53:39

Topics Discussed:

- Change clefs and key signatures

Lesson 5A - Notations Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Change Time Signatures & Barlines

Lesson 5B - Notations Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

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

Lesson 5C - Notations Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

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

Lesson 5D - Notations Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

- Change noteheads & add letter names to the noteheads

Lesson 5E - Notations Ribbon
Lesson 6 - Text Ribbon
2 Lectures 26:45

Topics Discussed:

- Adding lyrics & changing text formatting

Lesson 6A - Text Ribbon

Topics Discussed:

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

Lesson 6B - Text Ribbon
Lesson 7 - Play & Layout Ribbons
4 Lectures 27:49

Topics Discussed:

- Configuration, mixer, and transport settings

Lesson 7A - Play & Layout RIbbons

Topics Discussed:

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

Lesson 7B - Play & Layout RIbbons

Topics Discussed:

- Hide/show empty staves

- Focus on staves

Lesson 7C - Play & Layout RIbbons

Topics Discussed:

- System/page breaks

- Split multirest

Lesson 7D - Play & Layout RIbbons
Lesson 8 - Appearance & Parts Ribbons
4 Lectures 34:03

Topics Discussed:

- Engraving & note spacing rules

Lesson 8A - Appearance & Parts Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

-Instrument names

Lesson 8B - Appearance & Parts Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- Beam Groups

Lesson 8C - Appearance & Parts Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- System Object Positions

- Viewing parts in tabs

- Print & extract

Lesson 8D - Appearance & Parts Ribbons
Lesson 9 - View & File Ribbons
3 Lectures 26:50

Topics Discussed:

- Change view from horizontal to vertical to panorama

- Zoom pages in and out

- Change invisible settings

Lesson 9A - View & File Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

- Change note colors

- Show/hide panels

Lesson 9B - View & File Ribbons

Topics Discussed:

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

- Save/Print/Export

Lesson 9C - View & File Ribbons

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About the Instructor
Paul Lukasiewicz
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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.