MuseScore is a music notation program for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The program has a clean user interface, with a quick entry of notes in an edition similar to Finale and Sibelius.
Musescore can be very useful for music teachers. Some of the didactic materials that can be developed are:
– transcriptions of scores to make them simpler or adapt them to classroom instruments
– musical language exercises
– own compositions adapted to the level of the students
– progressive lessons for recorder.
But in addition, we can combine Musescore with other programs such as Garage Band and iMovie to create audiovisual material:
– Audiovisual flute method. Screenshots of the score by pieces and then insert them into a video with accompaniment of chords as a flute karaoke.
– Folk music research. The students ask their relatives for songs from their childhood. Then, with the help of the teacher, they take out the notes and write them, together with the lyrics, in Musescore. As in the previous activity, they take screenshots and create a video including the audio of their recorded voice singing the song.
– Composition. According to what the students have worked, they can be given instructions to compose pieces with certain characteristics, for example:
Level 1: melody of 8 measures using C, E, G, quarter note and half note..
Level 2: melody of 16 measures using G, B, D, #F, dotted notes.
Level 3: melody with accompaniment of C and G chords, etc.
Level 4: create accompaniment of chords for Happy birthday and download mp3. Then make video with sectioned score and accompaniment audio.