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Re: [K12OSN] FOSS music notation and editing software

Tim Born wrote:
Ah.  Sorry about the brevity.

If you have ever viewed fonts that have been 'tuned' and properly kerned, you will know they are pleasing to the eye. You may not know *why*, but you can tell something about that font is "good".

In a similar way to a beautifully set type font, Lilypad knows how to set music. It knows how *much* better than I do. The spacing looks "right", not mechanical / mono-spaced. Like I said, I'm no musician, but I can appreciate the difference in two versions of the same score. The one set by Lilypad is likely to be better looking than almost any sheet music you buy, unless your publisher has hand-tuned the score.

The Lilypad site has an essay that explains some of the extreme lengths they go to in order to set the score "correctly":

There are also lots of scores out there already set in Lilypad. Print one up and compare it to something from the music store and see for yourself if it doesn't look better.

Sorry, I'm not familiar with 'Denomo'.
I can type, so using Lilypad wasn't hard. Learning to read the notes was the hard part for me ;-) , but that's probably something a music teacher would encourage.


Christian Einfeldt wrote:


On 9/11/07, *Tim Born* <k12osn deltacfax com <mailto:k12osn deltacfax com>> wrote:

    I wouldn't be confused with a musician, but Lilypond typesets really
    gorgeous scores.

If I'm not mistaken, GNU Denomo is a GUI front end for Lilypond, is that right?

When I was creating sheet music for my kids I used it. Not hard, but
    not WYSIWYG either.
    But the results are stunning!

Good to know. Why were the results stunning? Can you say a bit more? Anything that will help me "sell" this app to the teacher would be welcome.

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I have a cheap desktop PC computer loaded with freely available audio and video software from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. One of the applications is called, Rosegarden4. A child can sit and open the application. She can load a midi file, click and listen to the tune. She could play a tune on her kazoo, record it, and play it back as she listens. She can then click on an icon, and bring up the tune as a musical score and change one or more of the notes, then play her new tune. She can also click on an icon/menu, and select an instrument of her choice. She can then listen to her tune as a piano, or trumpet, or whatever. She might want to create her own music by entering notes on a blank score, select an instrument, and see how it sounds. Like a typical songwriter, she might use a virtual keyboard to pick out notes on that keyboard and see them appear in the accompanying scoresheet. The child can learn to read/write music with immediate feedback at play. When she is happy with her tune, she can add other instruments, eventually gaining a musical score that has the sound of an orchestra. Finally, that tune is printed using Lilypad, possibly the world's finest and most professional musical scoresheet software.

What's interesting to note, I think, is the fact that Rosegarden4 is designed and created for the professional. Professionals demand editing software that does remarkable things automagically, to save the professional time and effort, and allow them to concentrate on the content, the creation, the innovation. That means, it allows a child to point and click and learn how to use the software. As she progresses, she adds new features she discovers, and her expertise level is increased. At some point, she learns enough features to compete with her professional colleagues and mentors. :)

I would encourage anyone to check out http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/ for freely available audio and video software for their classroom. I would also recommend they make sure their kids get exposed to the Rosegarden4 tutorials.

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