Announcing the new Sibelius Student


boxshot_smallToday sees the release of the new version of Sibelius Student, the best-selling entry-level version of Sibelius for students in secondary education.

Based on the multi award-winning Sibelius 6, the new Sibelius Student includes many improvements that will help young musicians develop their composition skills and complete their homework assignments faster and more easily than ever.

We are also today announcing a new Sibelius Student Network Pack for elementary and middle schools in the US, which is a very cost-effective way for schools to bring Sibelius into the classroom: it consists of 20 seats of Sibelius Student for student workstations, and one seat of Sibelius 6 for the teacher’s use, all connected together with the Sibelius Licence Server for simple deployment and administration.

Find out more about both of these new products after the jump.

New features in Sibelius Student

The new Sibelius Student includes a slew of new features over the previous version, which was released in December 2007, including:

  • Magnetic Layout. The revolutionary new automatic collision avoidance system from Sibelius 6 is included in the new Sibelius Student, ensuring that scores look perfect first time, avoiding the need for time-consuming manual positioning and editing.
  • Export audio files. Sibelius Student now includes a high-quality virtual General MIDI sound module, allowing students to export audio files of their compositions right at home, perfect for converting to MP3 or burning to audio CD.
  • Virtual instruments and effects support. Use any VST or Audio Unit virtual instrument or effect in Sibelius Student, for greater realism of playback sounds.
  • On-screen Keyboard window. For young musicians who are developing their familiarity with music notation, the beautiful on-screen Keyboard window provides a familiar interface for inputting music, and students can even play their computer keyboards’ keys like a piano.
  • Versions and Comments. Students can store multiple versions of their project inside the same file, and add “sticky note” comments at any point. When they take their projects back to school, they can use Sibelius 6’s powerful comparison features to track their progress and export commentaries and logs.

Furthermore, the new Sibelius Student is fully compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, so it’ll run flawlessly on the latest computers.

For a detailed comparison of how Sibelius Student compares with Sibelius 6, see this page on the Sibelius web site.

It’s the ideal introduction to working with music notation, and is already in use in the homes of more than 20,000 young musicians around the world. New copies are just $99 US, £99 inc. VAT or $69 AUD (in quantities of 20 copies or more for schools who already have at least five copies of full Sibelius), and upgrades from previous versions are $39 US, £29 inc. VAT or $39 AUD.

You can download a fully-functional 30-day trial version of the new Sibelius Student from the Sibelius web site.

Sibelius Student Network Pack

The new Sibelius Student Network Pack is the best value solution for music notation software in the elementary or middle school classroom, and is the ideal choice for general music lessons up to 8th Grade.

Sibelius Student Network Pack boxThe Network Pack includes one seat of the full Sibelius 6 for the teacher, and 20 seats of Sibelius 6 Student for the student workstations, all linked together using the Sibelius Licence Server. With the Licence Server, schools can install Sibelius Student on as many computers as they like, including those in, say, the library as well as in the music classroom, and the Licence Server will only allow 20 client copies to run at any time.

Some seats can even be allocated as “check out licenses”, allowing students to temporarily check out a seat from the Licence Server to run on their laptop and take away from the school. These seats automatically expire after a period specified by the school’s Licence Server, at which point the seats are returned to the pool of available floating licenses.

The Sibelius Student Network Pack also includes Sibelius 6’s Classroom Control feature, allowing the teacher to monitor student activity from a simple window within Sibelius, push and pull files to and from student workstations, freeze all the classroom workstations to focus attention on the front of the class, or send messages to individual or all workstations.

The Sibelius Student Network Pack is currently available only in the US, but may become available in other countries in the future.


  1. Be3G

    I’m a tad disappointed to see that breves still can’t be entered using Student. I remember considering purchasing Student when I was working on my music A-level (there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to do all my composition in school), but bizarrely enough I think the thing that stopped me was the breves issue, as I realised I might need them for coursework having already used them for my own personal ‘ditties’. So instead, I had to hold out and wait until I could purchase the full version of Sibelius… which wasn’t until my A-levels were pretty much over! (The purchase ended up being more with uni in mind.) Remember that school students have very little money (unless they have generous parents) as there’re no multi-thousand pound loans to waste on frivolities spend on essentials, and whilst I can’t deny Sibelius are already helping the musically inclined amongst secondary school students with their Student product, the missing breves have always struck me as product-differentiation-gone-a-little-too-far. Or are Sibelius trying to imply that secondary school students can’t count to more than four?!

    (Hello by the way. Have been following the blog since you started it but for some reason have only just got around to commenting on anything… oh and you’ve probably completely forgotten all about this now, but just to clarify, I most certainly do know how to spell ‘mousse’!)

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      Deciding which features to include and which to leave out of the cut-down versions of Sibelius is always very difficult, and not something that we take lightly. Breves are only required in time signatures of 4/2 or greater, which are of course common enough when completing things like Bach chorale harmonisations but otherwise relatively rare. Similarly, you might struggle to input some early music, or Classical period slow movements with particularly short note values, in Sibelius Student, but that’s all part of the balancing act of making Student useful enough but not so useful that nobody would need to purchase the full Sibelius product.

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