Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music is offering a new online course with the goal of make your arranging tasks quicker and easier using Sibelius. The course, called “Speedy Arranging with Sibelius“, runs for four successive Mondays beginning July 29, and concludes on August 19.
About the course and its origins, Katie says:
Throughout the 25 years or so that I’ve been arranging and transcribing music, I’ve seen many changes. When I first started my “toolbox” included a cassette tape player that I purchased for it’s responsive rewind and play buttons, a collection 2B pencils, a ruler, an eraser, decent manuscript paper, a specific fine marker and liquid paper. There was no internet and song lyrics were learned and written down by listening very carefully to the recording many times.
Fast forward to the digital age and technology has made the arranging and transcribing process a lot easier. During this 4-week course, we’ll look at ways to get notes into your score quickly: by taking advantage of MIDI file import, through scanning music or by recording music live with a MIDI keyboard (with success!). We’ll also look at a range of useful time-saving plugins and workflow tips.
The course outline is as follows:
- Session 1: Arranging workflow and getting started with MIDI files
- Session 2: More about MIDI files
- Session 3: Importing scanned music into Sibelius
- Session 4: Scanning continued and other arranging tips
Katie recommends the course for music teachers, ensemble directors and other arrangers, composers and music transcribers who’d like to work more quickly and effectively in Sibelius and pick up some arranging workflow tips.
The course costs $220 (AUD). This live, online courses are open to anyone worldwide (learn more about how Katie’s online courses work). Each session begins at 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. If you miss a live session (or if you reside in California and don’t feel like rising at 3 am), you can catch up by watching the archival videos, which Katie posts within 48 hours of the conclusion of each session — note, though, that you’ll miss out on the Q&A opportunities available in the live session. All participants get access to the videos for 6 months, so you can re-watch as much as you like to absorb all the useful material.
If you aren’t already familiar with Katie through her tutorial videos, she is an excellent instructor who has delivered in excess of 100 presentations at more than 20 different conferences and events, and she has trained hundreds of teachers throughout schools all over Australia. To pique your interest further, she has generously offered three of her free guides for download: