Scoring Notes turns 5 (or 13½)


As we head into a trifecta of a holiday weekend, with the important celebrations of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan all upon us, it’s time to enjoy another notable occasion: the fifth anniversary of the re-launch of Scoring Notes.

While the last five years for Scoring Notes are not quite as momentous as the epic religious holidays (or even the Jason Robert Brown musical), I still hope you’ll enjoy the moment with me. It wouldn’t have been possible without you, our readers — and, as of nearly two years ago, podcast listeners — and I certainly couldn’t have kept it up without the team of contributors and colleagues who have spent many long hours working on content, and have made Scoring Notes a trusted resource for anyone looking for information about music notation software and related technology.

Perhaps one day, someone will compose a musical about Scoring Notes

Depending on how you calculate it, of course, Scoring Notes is either a sweet 5-year-old kindergartner or rebellious 13½-teenager; perhaps there’s a bit of both here.

Scoring Notes began in October 2008 when Daniel Spreadbury started it as the Sibelius Blog, and I continued it in from October 2012 through April 2017, when we were busting at the seams with enough non-Sibelius content that it was time to make the change official. It certainly helped clear up any confusion people had about coming to a Sibelius blog and reading a Finale review!

This web site in its previous incarnation as Sibelius Blog, from February 2011

It’s a change that has served us well over the last half decade. There’s still plenty of Sibelius news, no doubt, but in addition to that we’ve got all of the Finale, Dorico, and MuseScore news, not to mention lots of other products that make regular and occasional appearances here. For those desktop products, don’t miss our Product Guide, where we stay current with the latest versions so you can be sure you’re always up to date.

Our loyal readers and listeners, though, are what make it all worthwhile, and as my podcast co-host David MacDonald and I said last weekend when we announced a change to the release schedule, we’ve heard from so many people who appreciate our efforts. That feeling is warmly reciprocated.

Just this week, a reader wrote in with this comment and query:

“Hello! I’m really enjoying the podcast and blog. What is the best way to fold MANY 12×18 booklet pages quickly? The measuring and bone folding takes me a while when I’m working with 50-60 page scores.”

The answer? Heavy machinery.

Just don’t operate it while under the influence!

Happy holidays to all.


  1. Engela

    Hi Philip,
    Congratulations on your 5 (13½) year anniversary of Scoring Notes. I’ve learnt so much, and always look forward to the next edition. The tips, tutorials, etc. are all very helpful and it’s great that one can refer to them at any time. I would like to thank you and your team for all you do for music notation.

    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Engela! So nice to hear from you and thank you for your long friendship and collegiality.

  2. Mark Vining

    Great paper? Where do you buy it?

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