Music Score: An Introduction

The Music Score represents a music document as standard music notation. Notes, text, dynamic markings, clefs, meters and dozens of other symbols are added directly to the music simply by choosing a symbol from the Input Palette and clicking the mouse at the location in the music where the symbol should be added.

The Music Score further operates in two different view modes: Page View and Track View. Both views display standard music notation - the difference is how staves and measures are displayed.

Page View

Page View represents music as it will be printed on a piece of paper. Symbols are automatically spaced and aligned on staff lines to conform to the rules of music notation, staves and measures are divided into systems on a page, and so on. In Page View the number of tracks you can display at once is limited by what can fit on a printed page.

Formatting preferences are defined in what is known as a layout, which is essentially a style sheet that describes how the music looks on a piece of paper. You can edit and create new layouts to suit your needs. Each layout defines the page size, fonts, margins, tiling options and so forth.

Track View

Track View displays all tracks in one long scrolling view. A margin on the left side displays basic characteristics of each staff (clef, key, name, etc.). In Track View there is no limit to the number of tracks that can be displayed at once.

Entering notes and other symbols in Track View can be more convenient than working between systems in Page View (it is unnecessary to scroll the music left or right to get to the next system on a page). Later, when you're ready to print out the music you can switch to Page View to do any formatting and fine tuning adjustments.