Music 109 Introduction to Computer Notation

Assignment #2
Sibelius: entering a short piano score more efficiently






for reference:
Sibelius operations
discussed in class this week
score for in-class demo




In this assignment you will enter another page of piano music, learning techniques to notate more efficiently by maximizing the use of both keyboards while minimizing mouse input.

You will also learn to save time by identifying all sorts of repetition and variation in the music, then using Sibelius’ great editing features to eliminate tedious and redundant “data entry.” You will also learn how to create triplets.



Watch the “Tutorial Videos” 5 and 6. As before, pause the video while you try out various actions in an actual Sibelius file. You may want to review videos 1-4. The videos are choosable via Quick Startup or under the “Help” menu.


Main event

Choose any one of the following JPEG score pages and enter the music in a new Sibelius file. You may find it easier to print out the original to free up screen space.

If you don’t remember how to make triplets (or we don’t cover it in class), use the on-screen Sibelius Reference (Help menu or command-/)


Print out your final score and submit a hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date. Follw all other instructions and advice for computer hygiene as for assignment 1.



Strive to make your music look as much as possible like the original JPEG file.

85-90 points: all clefs, time signature, rhythms (including rests), and pitches (spellings too!) as in the original.

90-100 points: as above plus all stemming, beaming, stem directions as in the original. Also, for a perfect score, your triplets must have the same format as in the original: e.g. number + bracket, number only, or nothing (triplet implied). If you’re not sure how to do this you know where to look.

If you manage all that, any additional correctly-notated information from the original (slurs, letter dynamics, articulations, fingerings, hairpins, text, special barlines) may result in extra credit.

Note: slurs are not the same as ties! Enter tied notes using the keypad (1st keypad layout; shortcut = “enter” key). Enter slurs as lines (Create -> Line -> Slur, or use the one-key shortcut “s”).

At this stage, you need NOT be concerned about system breaks and other details of formatting. It’s fine if the bars-per-system in your score and the vertical spacing on the page is different from the original.


We may NOT HAVE COVERED all the operations you will need for this assignment. Do not panic.

When you are unsure of anything, refer to the on-screen “Sibelius Reference” (via the Help menu, or type command-/). The reference itself is great, but its “Search” function is quirky; you may have better luck with the Index or Contents. As with assignment 1, everything you need to know can be gleaned from the Reference. The video tutorials provide a quick overview but come nowhere near to describing all the capabilities or shortcuts available.

Train yourself to use the keyboards (qwerty and MIDI) as much as possible, and the mouse only as necessary. Keyboards good! Mouse bad!

If you use any of the drop-down menus, note the keyboard shortcut and USE IT. Not next time, NOW. This is the only way to learn them. (Keyboards good! Mouse bad!)

You may find it ergonomic to print out the score page you are reproducing for ease of reference as you work.


File management and storage



RETAIN your file for this and all assignments on your own media for the duration of the semester. Your instructor may need to see your original file now or later.


Safe and happy computing:

Name and save your file immediately on creation.

Save often to the local hard disk.

At the end of every work session, move your file to a safe storage medium: your own flash drive or CD, or personal server space. If your work is really important or time-consuming, save it in two different places.

If you are working in a lab, DELETE your file from the local hard drive at the end of your work session. Failure to do so exposes your work to plagiarism, which will complicate your situation as well as that of the person duplicating your work.

Follow these simple rules for the whole course and the rest of your life!