How to Write Notes on Music Staff Paper Via the Computer

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How to Write Notes on Music Staff Paper Via the Computer
Music staff paper can be created easily on your computer. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Computers are useful not only for recording music, but also for producing written music notation. Using a computer program to write notes on music staff paper can help avoid messy handwriting and different styles of writing musical symbols. This helps others read your music notation efficiently. A number of programs are capable of producing music notation on the computer. Once you have written the music on your computer, you can print your score, and it will look like music staff paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Music notation software
  • Printer

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  1. 1

    Obtain a program capable of creating music notation. MuseScore is a free program designed to do this; a number of commercial programs are also available for this task.

  2. 2

    Create a new project in your notation software. Many programs have templates for different types of pieces. These templates have preset instrument settings, so that all staves are preconfigured.

  3. 3

    Select the key signature for your piece. A key signature determines the number of sharps or flats that occur consistently throughout a piece.

  4. 4

    Select the time signature for your piece. The top number of a time signature represents how many beats are in each measure. The bottom number represents which type of note is equal to one beat. For example, a 7/4 time signature denotes a meter with seven beats per measure where a crotchet is equal to one beat.

  5. 5

    Select the type of note you wish to write.

  6. 6

    Make sure your program is in note-entry, or write mode.

  7. 7

    Click on the location on the staff where you would like a note to occur.

  8. 8

    Save your file once you have finished writing all the notes necessary. When you print your file, it will print both the notes and the staves.

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