What is a score writing app? It is a piece of software which allows you to create sheet music either by realtime input (playing notes on a midi keyboard) or by dragging notes on the screen onto the staff / stave on the computer screen. All of the following scorewriting software will also play back tunes.



Steinberg's new free edition of  Dorico software, Dorico SE, for PC and Mac offers a lot for a free entry level version. You can play notes on a midi keyboard and see the notation on your computer screen, then print out the sheet music of what you have played. If you require more than 2 instruments in your composition you will need to upgrade to one of the Dorico paid versions. 


Finale notepad is Finale Music's free version but does not allow you to play notes in realtime on a music keyboard.  You'll need to pay for either Printmusic or  Finale if you wish to do that with this company's software. If you only own a Mac you 

will only be able to use the company's most expensive edition, "Finale".'s Sibelius First is Avid's entry level, free edition of the industry standard scorewriting sotware. It is a good introduction to Sibelius but unlike Dorico SE it does not allow you to play notes on a MIDI music keyboard to produce sheet music. As far as I know, Dorico SE is the only legally free scorewriting software for PC and Mac which will allow this.

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