MuseScore
MuseScore
3.2.3.22971

5.0

MuseScore free download for Mac

MuseScore

3.2.3.22971
08 July 2019

Music notation program.

Overview

MuseScore is a free, cross-platform, WYSIWYG music-notation program, licensed under GNU GPL.

Highlights:
  • WYSIWYG, notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet"
  • Unlimited number of staves
  • Up to four voices per staff
  • Easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI
  • Audio playback of the score
  • Import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files
  • Available in more than 50 languages

What's new in MuseScore

Version 3.2.3.22971:
  • Articulations didn't play properly in MDL instruments
  • Tuplets layout was broken in some cases
  • Fingering jumped unpredictably in some cases
  • Score_and_Parts pdfs were garbled when using MuzeJazz font on macOS
  • Switching between workspaces erased the enabled plugins

16 MuseScore Reviews

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Sjha
30 July 2011

Most helpful

As a long-time user and fan of Lilypond I have only just discovered MuseScore. I must say that I am highly impressed. Although Lilypond produces high quality output I find that MuseScore is far easier to use and also produces excellent printed scores. Many things that are quite difficult to do in Lilypond (e.g. fitting a lead-sheet onto one page) are a cinch in MuseScore with its WYSIWYG interface. And the immediate playback of written scores is also a great feature. This is a superb programme which I would recommend to all who need to write out musical scores
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Version 1.1
Aargl
01 July 2019
A few months ago, I was searching for a free score editor to advise a friend singer on pc, with the aim of sending her my work so that she could edit her part. MuseScore was the first result and it appeared reasonably good for that purpose. I was so convinced that it was a subscription app that I DLed v2 for myself... :-D Thanks to MU, I'm discovering today that it's absolutely free and I still can't believe it! :-o It really stands proudly in front of Sibelius and I'd certainly would be using it immediately if I was not so accustomed to its big rival. I haven't explored it thoroughly yet, but I'd strongly recommend it to anyone not keen on spending a lot of money on Sibelius — which I would recommend anyway if it was not for its price...
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Version 3.2.2.22888
steve-11
12 March 2019
Be careful with this release - there is a bug that causes an immediate crash on launch. The Start Center is causing the crash - you can start the program by double-clicking an existing MuseScore file, then disable the Start Center in the preferences. A new version (3.0.5) is in testing and will be released soon.
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Version 3.0.4.21117
1 answer(s)
Robby-is-on
Robby-is-on
12 March 2019
The new version with the crash fix was released today. :-)
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Leesa
11 September 2016
This looks like a Fantastic App. But what I'm looking for is a Client that can Write lead Sheets (like MuseScore does) but allows a Chord Diagram to Show the Actual Chord Voicing.
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Version 2.0.3
1 answer(s)
Mondele
Mondele
18 November 2017
Have you checked out Melody Assistant? I'm not sure what a Chord Diagram is, but it's an incredibly flexible program, and it's shareware so you can try before you buy.
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Svetlin-Staikov
29 April 2016
This is an amazing notation application. I was able to use it in a number of commercial project with success and have donated to help the development - it deserves!
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Version 2.0.3
lemon-kun
04 November 2015
I was watching MuseScore for a long time, as Sibelius has become abandonware and Finale hasn't done much progress in the last decades (you are paying the yearly update fee a.k.a. "Finale-tax" mainly for bug fixes…). While MuseScore was at version 1, I couldn't imagine to dive into it, since it crashed far too often – and stability is crucial if you want to do more than just playing around. But now, since version 2 is out for a while, I can happily report that it is rock stable. I hadn't had any crashes or even bugs for the last months using it. And I have been using it daily, since it (nearly) completely replaced Finale for me. Of course, there are still some music writing features missing that Finale offers, but honestly those are easy to work around using other apps, as anyway for more extended (professional) work one would export and edit the sheet music in an DTP app (and you can just edit the output in a vector graphics app before…). OK, regarding tools for composing and audio, Finale has still the edge over MuseScore – but there are also features that are unique in MuseScore. Support for early music is better than in Finale or Sibelius which were mainly designed with more conventional notation in mind. For example, figured bass is much better thought through in MuseScore, more flexibility, easier to use. Same with different kinds of tablature, for example tablature for lute (which is my field…). While you can do all sorts of things in Finale, it is usually only as an unsupported work around – this makes Finale so difficult to use, and so prone for problems (every update could break your workaround; probably therefore Finale hasn't really been updated for the last 10 years or so, it is stuck). MuseScore is very promising and the UI is built in a way that I think new and more advanced features will fit well into it, especially in regard of audio and composing. So in the end, MuseScore is just a much "younger" piece of software than Finale is – and since version 2, it has outgrown teething troubles and it shows it's strength, it's fast and easy to use, and yes, feature-rich. Meanwhile, the "big" two, Finale and Sibelius have just gotten very, very old (actually, Sibelius is even dead…), their companies have just specialised in taking our money. So, at present state it is just ridiculous to pay 600$ for either one those. I use them only for legacy files anymore, and every time I have to start up one of those I return happily to MuseScore… Verdict: I wholeheartedly recommend MuseScore to anyone. Great, great app. Also, if you like it, please don't forget to support the team – my former yearly Finale tax goes to MuseScore now…
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Version 2.0.2
Wts
25 March 2015
I have just discovered this programme and it seems to fill what i have wanted for years. I do have the high end programmes such as Sibelius, Finale including the midi/audio programmes. I wanted a programme that i could launch and simply start capturing my ideas, hearing the results immediately, saving the good and bad ideas without having to take a course on how to use this programme. For example, after years and years i still don't fully understand or make full use of Sibelius, Finale etc etc. There are a couple of quirks in MuseScore although perhaps if i spend a few more hours those problems will dissolve/resolve themselves. Top marks and more for this programme. Also a bonus for me it's free and as good as the other programmes ( midi/score/audio ) which i paid the big bucks to use.
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Version 2.0
Sjha
30 July 2011
As a long-time user and fan of Lilypond I have only just discovered MuseScore. I must say that I am highly impressed. Although Lilypond produces high quality output I find that MuseScore is far easier to use and also produces excellent printed scores. Many things that are quite difficult to do in Lilypond (e.g. fitting a lead-sheet onto one page) are a cinch in MuseScore with its WYSIWYG interface. And the immediate playback of written scores is also a great feature. This is a superb programme which I would recommend to all who need to write out musical scores
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Version 1.1
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Dominique-Peretti
Dominique-Peretti
24 November 2012
Couldn't agree more !
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Hkim
29 July 2011
I was playing with this and it seems to have problems with input from a MIDI keyboard, which is pretty common. I want to play with this more before leaving a rating but, still, it looks promising.
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
Hkim
Hkim
29 July 2011
Wow, I would need to play a note and then press the "left" arrow key for the note to show up in the score. If I started to play chords and speed up note entry, the software bombs.
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Larraga
02 June 2011
Great for a quick notation "pad." Easily rivals Finale NotePad which isn't free anymore. Well done! Has never crashed on me.
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Version 1.0
$ir-M-
24 May 2011
For anyone interested in high-quality music typography (engraving), I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned what an excellent front end MuseScore makes for lilypond (free/OS engraving tool) - each plays to the other's strengths.
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Version 1.0
Free

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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