CNET Editors' review
MagicScore School provides users with a program to write, edit, and listen to their score. With a utilitarian layout and a variety of options, this program will appeal to musicians.
We felt a little overwhelmed by the program's interface, not having much technical musical knowledge beforehand. But the Help file's breakdown of the commands and a swift online tutorial made navigation much easier. We began creating our score immediately, as we had the option to click and drag notes from a bank and place them on a music scale or to play a virtual piano that also populated the scale. With both, we were able to easily edit our score by dragging the notes into proper position. The program's small player, which gave us control over the music's tempo, played our score with clear piano sounds and followed the notes as it read our scale. One particularly neat feature we enjoyed was the ability to add a title and composer that made the pages look like professional sheet music. The program broke music-writing down to its basic elements and made the process simple enough for novices and experts alike to write a score.
MagicScore School has a 30-day trial. The program comes as a compressed file and leaves folders upon uninstall. With an abundance of simplicity and fun, we highly recommend this program to musicians of all levels.
MagicScore School 7 is specialized notation software for music aficionados, students, teachers, schools and colleges. The program offers people interested in music a variety of notation options - input, editing, printing, correctness check and much more. MagicScore School 6, as the name implies, has been specially created for folks who are learning music, but professional musicians can use it as well. Notes can be entered manually, copied from another source, added through the virtual piano, MIDI keyboard or synthesizer. If there is something incorrect with the notes, MagicScore School 6 will alert the user right away. If necessary, that person can easily add or delete notes manually as well as perform other editing operations, like transposing separated notes or selected blocks of notes. MagicScore School 6 is also capable of reading notes from MIDI and Karaoke files, as well as recording MIDI and Karaoke files. The player module is capable of playing notes for the selected instruments or the entire orchestra. Volume, balance and effects can be adjusted individually for each score instrument. Another handy feature MagicScore School 6 comes with is the notes printing option (including MIDI files) with preview. The program is also capable of printing blank staff notation sheets. The program also supports Music XML format. The program supports multiple languages.
What's new in this version: The new, lower price (summer discount). Quick input mode for fastest musical entering MusicXML import is improved. Sound fonts sf2 usage is implemented . High quality fast score to Audio converter (mp3 32-192) added. New customizable notes layout. Transposing on key signature. Fixes.
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"Looks very flexible, but also appears to be very buggy"
Version: MagicScore School 7.267
Accepts several ways to enter music, including a piano keyboard. The user interface looks complicated, but is quite easy to use.
Not being an expert in music notation I managed to enter a first multi-voice song for keyboard within an hour.
However, the program contains several bugs that cost me a lot of time entering next songs.
I didn't manage to enter a triplet where I wanted it.
For some reason it started putting notes one position higher than shown. Restarting the program didn't correct it. Other (finished) sheets now show the same problem. I didn't trie a re-install yet.
It has crashed several times in some kind of endless loop. The only way to stop the program is by killing it with the PC task manager. (fortunately there is a data-backup)
Maybe some issues were caused by my inexperiance. I can't be sure of that.
However, I have started using another (free) program in which I entered the same songs without any problem so far!