Scoring Notes turns 1


It’s hard to believe, but today marks one year of this blog as Scoring Notes. On April 17, 2017, after more than eight years known as Sibelius Blog, we completely redesigned and renamed this blog to reflect how it naturally evolved into a site that features articles about a variety of products and perspectives about our field since I started running it in 2012. Happy birthday to us!

It truly takes a community, though, to keep this blog afloat, and that begins with you, the reader. Thank you so much for visiting, reading, commenting, and sharing our content. If you’d like to support our efforts, the best thing you can do is to continue to read our content and share it on social media. Subscribe to the blog via e-mail, and follow Scoring Notes on Facebook and Twitter if you aren’t doing so already.

The field has certainly broadened since the blog’s early days, but desktop notation software is still at the core of our coverage. We’re the only publication to have covered every single Dorico update since the software was first released, and we’ve done the same with every Sibelius update since version 8, Finale update since version 25, and MuseScore since version 2.

Last year I promised more posts from our guest contributors, and I’m proud to have fulfilled the promise beyond expectation, with amazing posts from leaders in the field of music notation software and related technology. Alexander Plötz‘s Dorico reviews are second-to-none, while Florian Kretlow and Claude Lapalme have shared their valuable Dorico tips. Bob Zawalich keeps Sibelius users humming along with valuable plug-in updates. David MacDonald brings his perspective as an educator and iPad maven, Marc Sabatella keeps us updated on MuseScore, and we’ve had valuable contributions from experts such as Jeremy Borum, Jeremy Levy, Cory Davis, and Jon Burr. Thanks to Justin Tokke we’ve presented transcripts of his interview with Behind Bars author Elaine Gould, and we’ve launched DJA’s Notes, a new series about music prep by Darcy James Argue.

As if that wasn’t enough, we hope you enjoyed our on-site coverage and videos from industry conferences NAMM 2018 and MOLA 2018, where we spoke one-on-one with the people most responsible for creating and developing the products we use every day.

Add to that our regular stream of tips, tutorials, news and interviews, and it’s been quite a year. Thanks for joining us along the way! And much appreciation to the team at Kingston Creative for making Scoring Notes a reality online.

In true NYC Music Services fashion, we celebrated the Scoring Notes birthday not with cake, but with installing a new printer to keep up with all of the music printing projects that come our way. Fewer calories, I guess…? But a lot more toner.

Whether you just want to send us a birthday wish or give your suggestions for future content, it’s all welcome in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


  1. Marcel Baars


    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Marcel!

  2. Tom Rudolph

    Congratulations, Philip.

    I read every post and recommend that my Sibelius students do the same.


    1. Philip Rothman

      Much appreciated, Tom – thank you!

  3. Mark Sealey

    Many congratulations, Philip; and thanks!

    In a word: invaluable…

    1. Philip Rothman

      Many thanks, Mark!

  4. Abraham Lee

    Keep ’em coming, Philip! Always a pleasure to learn from the experiences of others. I think I check for new articles pretty much every day ;-)

    Oh, and happy birthday!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Abraham, your contributions to the field have been incredibly valuable!

  5. Bernie Cossentino

    Congrats Philip !

    Thanks for all the info you provide. It’s always a great read.

    To many more posts,

    P.S. Easy on the toner :)

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Bernie, for your kind words and your role as unofficial proof reader around here!

  6. Peter Roos

    Congratulations! Which HP printer did you get?

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Peter! See the link in the post…

  7. Bob Zawalich

    Happy Birthday. You have done great work. I always come look whenever I get mail saying there is a new post.

    I am never disappointed!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Many thanks, Bob, for all you do. I could say the same!

  8. Heiko Petersen

    Congratulations and thanks for your good job! I’m reading your posts regulary.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Heiko, for being a long-time reader!

  9. George

    toning the first image:


    1. Philip Rothman


  10. Peter

    Congratulations! My #1 place to go for all things musical notation

    1. Philip Rothman

      Many thanks, Peter!

  11. Don Stapleson

    Congratulations! You’ve been able to transition to a blog that serves the entire music notation community. I feel much more informed on the current state of computer music notation thanks to Scoring Notes.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thank you, Don! I’m glad to hear that you find the blog informative and that it serves the entire music notation community.

  12. Alan West

    Philip, congratulations this is a great blog. Always informative and full of useful tips etc.
    Not a day goes by without my use of Sibelius and your articles have consistently made the use of this easier and more efficient.
    Thank you.


    1. Philip Rothman

      Thank you, Alan!

  13. Mike Philcox

    Philip, I loved the Sibelius blog from the start but under your stewardship, Scoring Notes has (understandably) broadened it’s coverage to become an absolutely unmissable source of information on all programs relating to music notation. Congratulations on a job very well done!

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Mike!

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