Version1(as of 1/2/2015)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
LicenseOpen Source
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Rating:3.4  |  21 Votes

Main Features

  • Create music with a WYSIWYG editor
  • Import MusicXML, MIDI, ABC, and other musical notation formats
  • Start from a template or begin from scratch
  • Drag and drop musical elements, such as tempo markings, octaves, and dynamics
  • Export your score to PDF, PNG, WAV, and Ogg formats

Software Overview

MuseScore is a program used to create, play, and print sheet music. It is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

MuseScore provides a set of tools that allows you to create a variety of scores, such as lead sheets, choral music, piano music, and orchestra arrangements. You can start from scratch and select your instruments manually or you can begin with a template set up for common score types. The program enables you to enter notes, rests, ties, accidentals, and more through a computer keyboard, mouse, or MIDI keyboard. The application also allows you to import MusicXML, MIDI, Cap3, and ABC musical notation formats.

MuseScore supports a large amount of musical markings, such as slurs, tempo markings, articulations, dynamics, segnos and codas, octave, and rehearsal marks. The program intelligently lays out your score but you have the ability to override it by dragging elements to the location you want them. Once you are finished, MuseScore lets you upload your score directly to its score sharing site. You can also export your score to a variety of formats, including PDF, PNG, Ogg, and WAV.

MuseScore is a capable musical notation application used to write a variety of scores. The program gives you a variety of musical notation features and supports a large amount of musical formats. Also, MuseScore is available at no cost, which makes it all the more attractive compared to the pricier MakeMusic Finale application.

Primary File Type

mscz icon.MSCZMuseScore Compressed Score File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MSCZMuseScore Compressed Score File
.MSCMuseScore Composition File
.MSCXMuseScore Music Score File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ABCABC Music Notation
.MXLCompressed MusicXML File
Updated 1/2/2015