For the artistis, App #23–MuseScore

MuseScore: http://musescore.org/

(This app allows you to create sheet music for free and rivals programs like Capella, Sibelius, and Finale that cost money.)

Synopsis: Though I have absolutely no musical knowledge (other than having an ear for fine music), this caught my attention. Some of the highlights (according to their site) include:

  • 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 your keyboard, mouse, or MIDI keyboard
  • Integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer
  • Import and export of MusicXML and Standard MIDI Files
  • Available for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Translated in 47 languages
  • GNU GPL licensed
First, you must create an account and then, download the software. However, if you go to MuseScore.com (http://musescore.com/), you can create a separate account. This allows you to share your sheet music with other users. This is also a separate site.
Here is their demo (also found on their site):

Integration: With the access to MuseScore.com, students and teachers can create groups where they can share their sheet music. They also have access to loads of other sheet music created by users like themselves. This is a great lesson on the power of authorship. Plus, it opens up musical “creation” to anyone. Just as blogs gave all the power to become instant authors, MuseScore gives “sheet-writers” the power to be instant authors. And, at no cost all students now have this power at their fingertips. Though it is specific to band and choir rooms, other teachers can collaborate to aide in the content that goes into the sheet music. Check it out!

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