Music technology makes it easier to learn to play the violin and to create music. Some of the technology on this page are professional software packages, but many are free or very inexpensive. If you would like us to review additional software packages, please let us know.
Free Music Notation Software | Commercial Music Notation Software | MIDI Players
Teaching via the internet | Online Music Resources | Other Music Software
Free Music Notation Software
|Finale Notepad 2005 - Notepad is free music notation software for the Macintosh and Windows from the makers of Finale. The software is easy to use, but somewhat limited in features.
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|Lilypond - Lilypond is free music notation software for the Macintosh, Windows, and Linux. While Lilypond can produce complex scores, it is text-based (notes are entered by typing text instead of clicking on notes).
Commercial Music Notation Software
|Finale 2006 - Finale is perhaps the most widely used music notation software in the world. It also includes full MIDI support. The full version costs about $600 but PrintMusic is available for about $60. Academic versions are also available for students and teachers.
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|Sibelius - Sibelius is a full featured music editor. It has many similar features to Finale 2006 and also runs on Macintosh and Windows computers. Sibelius costs about $600.
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Free MIDI Players
Now that you have a MIDI player, download free MIDI files
Other Music Software
The Violin Encyclopedia - Mac/PC
Tuner Software - Freaky Tuner Mac OS X