Week 3’s class was all about notation software. There are a few things about notation software we should get out the way before we jump head first into this. Firstly, in nearly every school, using notation software is synonymous with composition. Secondly, they look complicated and more often than not, are complicated. Finally, most notation software is not built for the classroom setting, but rather for composers.
OK, so notation software. What have we got? What options are out there? James has kindly compiled a list of notation software out there:
Yay, so now we have a list of options. That’s great, but how do you choose one to use? And what should you use each one for? And should teacher’s be using a different software to students? All very complicated…
To make these decisions a little bit easier, I will be reviewing as many of the programs as I can over the next few weeks. It is important to note here I do have more experience with some programs than I do others, but I will do my best to make my reviews as objective as possible.
Each program will be measured on 6 criteria:
- Interface: How clear is the interface and how easy is it to use?
- Speed: How fast can a mid-range user notate what they like?
- Options: How much control do you have over your work in each program? Are there options not available?
- Cost: How much does each program cost to purchase?
- Utility for students: How useful is this program for students in different stages?
- Utility for teachers: How useful is this program for teachers?
With this information, hopefully we can all make more informed decisions about which program we choose to use.