10 years for the blog


I don’t know what I was doing on October 11, 2008. My calendar from that time is totally empty. But 3,500 miles away, we know what Daniel Spreadbury was doing on that day. He made a decision to start a blog — something, he said, that he “deliberated over…for a very long time before [he] finally decided to go ahead and do it.”

10 years later to the day, that decision is the reason you’re reading this now. Of course, a lot has changed in the past 10 years in so many ways. At the time, Daniel was the product marketing manager for Sibelius, and so the blog was known as Sibelius Blog from the time he started it until he handed it over to me in 2012, and it continued to be so until we re-launched in April 2017 as Scoring Notes (and we celebrated that 1-year anniversary earlier this year).

That’s why you’ll see a preponderance of Sibelius tips and news here if you go searching before 2013. Of course, things looked a bit different then:

A screenshot of the Sibelius Blog from February 2011

When we started covering other products on this blog several years ago in addition to Sibelius, it was disorienting for some readers at first, especially to read about those products against which Sibelius was directly competing. But this blog has always been independent of any company, and in time readers understood how the blog was evolving to provide thorough and unbiased reviews, news, tips, and more about music notation software and related technology. I’ve welcomed the role the blog plays in our community — a role that is ever increasingly made possible by our expert contributors from around the globe, without whom I couldn’t keep up on all of the exciting developments.

I’m not sure if we have any cake around here, but let’s have a little party all the same. If you like the blog, please do subscribe to the blog via e-mail, and follow Scoring Notes on Facebook and Twitter if you aren’t doing so already. And, if you feel like it, consider a small donation via the button on the sidebar, which helps us keep the quality content coming.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Waldbaer

    Congratulations, you are the only blog that I really take the time to read – because it pays off, if I consider all the great tips I got by it. Keep up the good work, for the next 10 years at least! ;-)

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thank you so much!

  2. randy sanders

    I have Learned a few Things from following This blog, I just started recently learning music Theory & Composition. This blog is a great help Thank You.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thank you, Randy, and best wishes for your continuing studies.

  3. Derek Williams

    Thanks for keeping this very valuable blog going, Philip!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Derek! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

  4. Peter Roos

    Happy anniversary! One of my favorite blogs.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Peter, as always!

  5. Sanifu Hall

    Congratulations and Thank you!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thank you, Sanifu!

  6. Laurie Spiegel

    Scoring Notes has been enormously helpful, and interesting enough that when an email shows up saying a new post’s gone online I almost always read it right away (unlike most other e-periodicals). Wishing you and this blog another 10 good years ahead!

    1. Philip Rothman

      That is high praise. Thanks, Laurie!

  7. Michael Philcox

    Thank you, Philip, and congratulations on a birthday in which you play a huge part! Scoring Notes is wonderfully broad in scope and hugely informative about the world of music notation. It is one of my favourite sites!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Happy to hear it. Thanks, Michael!

  8. Dario

    Great! Great! Great! Great!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Dario!

  9. Kenneth Gaw

    Thanks very much very much for so enthusiastically maintaining this blog. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone interested in music notation software.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Kenneth! And thank you for all of your valuable contributions over the years.

  10. Ilkay bora

    Happy anniversary it’s the best blog ever. I learned thousands of things from here.
    Thank you for all of your sharings.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Ilkay! Happy to hear it.

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