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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

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Online Music Resources


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.
Download Finale Notepad 2005
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).
Download Lilypond


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.
More about Finale
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.
More about Sibelius

Academically priced software is available from

Free MIDI Players

MIDI Players for Macintosh

Mighty MIDI 1.0 | Play MIDI 1.1

MIDI Players for Windows

MIDInight Express 2.7 | FreeStyle Player 2.0

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

The Maestro Student Progress Monitor Palm Free
Title Category Platform Price
Aquallegro Music Theory Mac Free



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