[K12OSN] FOSS music notation and editing software

Rob Owens rowens at bio-chemvalve.com
Wed Sep 12 16:56:17 UTC 2007

My advice would be to calculate the cost of all the Finale licenses, and
then ask the music teacher if she would rather use free software and
spend the money on musical instruments or some other physical items.


Sonja Gonzalez wrote:
> This is a great thread... thanks for all of the ideas! However, my music teacher *really* wants Finale. Has anyone tried using wine to enable Finale on Linux?
> Thanks--
> _______________________________
> Sonja Gonzalez
> Director of Technology
> Ellis School
> 432 Main Street
> Fremont, NH 03044
> 603.895.2511 x603
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Martin Woolley" <sysadmin at handsworth.bham.sch.uk>
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 3:29:16 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] FOSS music notation and editing software
> On Tuesday 11 September 2007 23:47, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
>> Our public middle school has just hired a music teacher for the very first
>> time.  The teacher would like to use computers to do music notation and
>> editing.  We are going to be running this software over an LTSP thin client
>> network.  She wants to "teach students to read treble and bass clef music
>> notation and to understand simple rhythmic patterns.  She would like
>> quizzes and tests and self correction.
> We briefly deployed Rosegarden with excellent results. When the new head of 
> music started, he insisted that Apple MACs and Garageband was the only 
> solution; the ususal case of not daring to step outside familiar territory.
> MuseScore has an excellent review in the latest issue of Linux Format. It's 
> KDE based which would be an advantage at our school.

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