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Every student! Ask your parents to download this! (updated)

posted Apr 16, 2012, 9:24 PM by Margy Barber
We're beginning work on our compositions this month, and you don't have to wait for your teacher to enter your compositions in the computer...try it yourself at home!  Finale has a great new upgrade to their free Notepad software that is really intuitive and easy to use.  Here is the link:   Remember, ask Mom or Dad first, but this software lets you write out your own music, listen to it playback, enter lyrics, and then print it out!  You'll love it!

Advanced students...or super-creative beginning ones:  Finale notepad is very basic, so if you get fancy you'll run into these limitations:

In NotePad, you can't...
...Change key signature mid-piece.
...Change time signature mid-piece.
...Use time signatures other than those offered in the set-up wizard (No 5/4, 7/8, etc.)
...Have a pick-up measure.
...Have more than one line of lyrics. (Use text tool to add additional lines)
...Adjust where measures fall on the page.
...Have repeats that function during playback (if created in NotePad)
Have Guitar chords that transpose (use text tool)
Have brackets on repeat endings (use SmartShape lines if you're patient and determined)
Change measure numbers
Change instrumentation after creating the score
Create a file with more than 8 staves
NotePad can't create swing playback,
Notepad can't extract parts from a conductor's score, although you can copy and paste the parts into a new score
Notepad can't create multi-measure rests or block rests
NotePad can't create grace notes.

IN SPITE of those limitations, this is a good basic music writing program to play around with.  If you want something more substantial, your parent may need to ask Santa to bring you Sibelius, Cakewalk, or the full-blown Finale version.