Have you heard about the new free music notation software called MuseScore? I have heard nothing but favorable reviews about it thus far. Personally, I do not currently have a great need for it, since I use Finale software at college. But this may very well be a great resource for teachers who do not wish to invest in expensive music notation software (let me tell you, Finale costs an arm and a leg!) or, for students who have an interest in composition. I was glad to hear about MuseScore. Ever since Finale started charging ~$10 to download Finale Notepad (a simple, previously-free version of Finale), I have been on-the-lookout for something else to recommend to my students.
Mac users are unfortunately out of luck, because MuseScore is currently only available for PC’s. [Correction: MuseScore IS indeed now available for Macs. Sorry for the misinformation!] I breifly tried out this software on my husband’s PC, and it seems to be fairly user-friendly. If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to Finale or Sibelius, MuseScore is worth a look!
[Now that MuseScore is available for Macs, I plan to download it and blog more about it soon. Check back soon!]