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Save hours of time, and encourage your students to learn.

Sibelius 5 music notation software helps teachers with preparing teaching materials and arrangements. It lets students hear how their work sounds, makes it easy to find and correct mistakes, and is much more fun to use than pen and paper! Sibelius 5 is suitable for all educational levels--it's easy for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for all university requirements. At university level, Sibelius 5 software satisfies the most advanced requirements, from avant-garde and early music notation to Schenkerian analysis. If you're an instrumental teacher, Sibelius makes it quick to create exercises, scan in, transpose pieces, and produce accompaniments and arrangements--you'll never need to write out parts again.

Ideas Hub
Over 2000 ready-made ideas are included for students to use, in a huge range of styles from classical, jazz and band to world music, rock and hip-hop. By using these ideas in their music, students of all abilities can discover how melodies, harmonies and rhythms can be put together to create differing textures and musical structures.

Sibelius Worksheets
They could start with just one or two ideas for inspiration, or alternatively use ideas as building blocks to create a complete piece. You can keep track of what they've done, because Sibelius 5 notation software marks where ideas are used in the score. If you prefer, you can switch off all of the ready-made ideas, or just give students a few specific ones, for more focused exercises. Sibelius's Worksheet Creator lets you produce over 1700 different ready-made worksheets, exercises, projects, songs, instrumental pieces, posters, and other resources suitable for students at all levels.

Internet studying
With Sibelius 5, you can put coursework onto your school/university web site or onto the Sibelius Education website for students to view, play, print, and save to disk. The Sibelius Education site also provides additional teaching materials and resources from other educators and from Sibelius Software.

Sibelius also comes with free-time limited access to, the Internet version of the world's leading music encyclopedia.

Sibelius lets you compose to any video file--ideal for student multimedia projects. You can view the video side-by-side with the score, and they're always kept in sync so you can see what's happening in the video at any point in the music and vice versa. More advanced features such as timecode and hit points make it easy to make your music fit with important events in the action.

Sibelius 5 music software comes with a variety of short videos to compose to--from Charlie Chaplin to Mr. Bean. You can get further ones from the Sibelius Education website, or download trailers and adverts to write to from many other web sites.

Arranging & transposing
The Arrange feature saves hours of time in creating arrangements and keyboard reductions. It's also ideal for students who are learning arranging, composition, or even orchestration. Transposing is another great time-saver for putting pieces into suitable keys, and adjusting exercises for different instruments or abilities.

Create exercises, worksheets and handouts quickly
When playing, Sibelius selects the right instrumental sounds, reads markings straight from the score and adds expression, so students get a realistic rendition of their music right away. And they can check for mistakes, just by listening. You can also use Sibelius to play aural tests, accompaniments, and even create CDs and MP3 files of your music.

Color & graphics
Notes which are too high or low are shown in red; you can adjust instrument ranges to write for players of different abilities. Music can be hidden, so students can fill in an exercise on computer and then reveal the right answer. Sibelius lets you add color, pictures and graphic notations to coursework; lots of graphics are included. You can also take music from Sibelius 5 software into word processors and graphics packages, for creating worksheets, posters, etc. in other programs. Sibelius includes dozens of graphics to add to worksheets and scores, or use your own instead.

Sibelius includes many educational plug-ins, to automate tasks such as writing note names and beats above notes, creating sets of scales and arpeggios, adding brass/string fingering and tonic sol-fa, and identifying motives for musical analysis.

School features
Students find Sibelius so much fun to use in the classroom that they sometimes play around with it instead of getting on with their work! So you can switch off all of the advanced features with a couple of clicks, leaving only the main things students need for coursework. You can also turn individual features on or off, and create your own sets of features for different classes, e.g. if you're teaching how to transpose by hand, you can stop students transposing it automatically!

Sibelius Student
Sibelius Student is a special version of Sibelius designed for students to use for homework. It has just the features students need, but is compatible with the full Sibelius program--so they can work on the same piece at home and at school.

Sibelius Notes
Sibelius Notes is a separate pack of educational resources to help students learn music with Sibelius, and to save you time preparing lessons. It's suitable for all school levels and abilities, from basic notation to Bach chorales, and contains:
- Teacher's Guide: over 200 pages of ready-to-use exercises, worksheets and resources,
- Student Skills Guide: 10 copies of a step-by-step mini-manual of Sibelius features
- CD-ROM of Sibelius files


  • Ideas Hub to capture, tag, find and bring together their musical ideas, with over 2000 professionally-written pre-loaded ideas that cover all genres of music
  • Create worksheets
  • Internet studying
  • Videos to compose to
  • Arrange feature
  • Transpose feature
  • Playback automatically selects the right instrumental sounds for realistic renditions of students' compositions
  • Color and graphics can be added
  • Many available plug-ins to automate tasks
  • Turn specific features on or off
  • Sibelius Student for students to use for homework
  • Sibelius Notes to help students learn music with a teacher's guide, student skills guide, and CD-ROM of Sibelius files
  • PhotoScore Pro features
    • Automatic scanning and reading after scanning
    • Reads slurs & ties
    • Reads hairpins
    • Reads text (including bold, italic, etc.)
    • Reads articulation marks
    • Reads triplets and other tuplets
    • Reads grace notes and cue notes
    • Reads guitar chord diagrams
    • Reads 4- and 6-string guitar tab
    • Reads 1-, 2- and 3- line percussion staves
    • Reads double & repeat barlines
    • Accidental types: 7
    • Clef types: 8
    • Shortest note value: 128th
    • Rhythm dots: 2
    • Maximum voices per staff: 4
    • Maximum staves per page: 64
    • Maximum pages per score: 200
    • Reads the length of irregular bars
    • Transposes in PhotoScore itself
    • Plays back in PhotoScore itself
    • Opens PDF files
    • Saves MusicXML and NIFF files
    • Saves WAV/AIFF audio files

    5 Educational Edition Notation Software Specifications:

    Computer Requirements

    • Windows
    • Minimum requirements for Sibelius 5 alone:
    • Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista, 512MB+ RAM, 350MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive
    • You must be running at least Windows XP Service Pack 2 to install and run Sibelius 5. If you have Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.x, you need to purchase an upgrade to a more recent version of the Windows operating system.
    • Additional recommendations for using Sibelius Sounds Essentials and Kontakt Player 2, especially for scores with many instruments:
    • 1GB+ total RAM, 3.5GB total hard disk space, ASIO-compatible soundcard. You can use Sibelius Sounds Essentials if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously.

    • Mac
    • Minimum requirements for Sibelius 5 alone:
    • Mac OS X 10.4 or later, 512MB+ RAM, 350MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive.
    • Sibelius 5 is a Universal application, which means that it runs on both older Macs with PowerPC processors and new Macs with Intel processors.
    • If you are running a version of Mac OS X earlier than Mac OS X 10.4, you cannot install and run Sibelius. You may want to upgrade Mac OS X now, although this normally incurs an upgrade fee. See for details.
    • Additional recommendations for using Sibelius Sounds Essentials and Kontakt Player 2, especially for scores with many instruments:
    • G5 or Intel processor, 1GB+ total RAM, 3.5GB total hard disk space
    • You can use Sibelius Sounds Essentials if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously.
    Sibelius 5 Network Version

    • Technical information
    • Sibelius' network version operates on a client-server model. The Sibelius program itself is installed on the local hard drive of each of the client workstations, and a separate Licence Server program is installed on a single designated server or workstation. The Licence Server program is supplied on a separate CD-ROM from the Sibelius program itself and enables the designated number of Licenced client copies to run on the network simultaneously. The Licence Server also lets you send messages to users of the client copies, and close copies down from the server machine.
    • Sibelius requires a network using the TCP/IP protocol. (Your network may use other protocols in addition to TCP/IP, but TCP/IP must be present in order for the Licence Server to communicate with the client copies.)
    • The Licence Server program runs on Windows (XP) or Mac OS X.
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