Musescore 3

MuseScore 3.0.3 Released

Today we are pleased to announce MuseScore 3.0.3.

The main changes in this release are the performance improvements, the fixes for massively requested functionality like parts playback and the new crash report facility.

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Both 32 and 64-bit packages for Windows are now officially supported and based on the current Qt 5.12.1. The Mac build has been upgraded to Qt 5.12.1 too.


This update fixes dozens of issues as well as adding a few improvements.

Crash Report Facility

We introduced the crash report facility which allows users to send crash reports anonymously to our server. The reports contain information about the stack trace and necessary info about the device.

This functionality allows us to fix more hidden crashes which appear without a specific scenario. We will do our best to track all the crash logs and apply patches.

Performance Improvements

Two things were fixed to significantly improve the performance of the editor.

  • We optimised the drawing of slurs/ties
  • We removed the unnecessary updating of invisible widgets

We use this score designed by OpenScore fellows as a reference. It is a 191 pages and 11 parts score which is incredibly slow in MuseScore 3.0.2 and literally cannot work properly in MuseScore 2. You can see the results of the optimizations in the following video:

Parts Playback

We supported MuseScore 2-like behavior in parts playback. When you switch to a Part tab, only the Part will be played. If you want to listen to the whole score, just use the checkbox in the mixer. All mixer settings like Mute/Solo are fully supported.

Other Improvements and Fixes

  • Whole score playback can be turned on when in the Part tab using the mixer. Part playback works by default in the Part tab.
  • Improved global performance
  • Drag-and-drop user experience is improved
  • Caesuras and section breaks didn't cause pauses in playback
  • Some properties were not properly saved
  • Fermatas over barlines could not be added
  • Articulations could not be added to grace notes
  • Redundant key/time signatures appeared in Page/Continuous view and Parts
  • Visibility property was not properly applied
  • Ties failed to be copied-pasted in a score with parts
  • Keyboard navigation in Continuous View was broken

For a complete list of changes, see the release notes.

Important notes

  • If you have already installed any version of MuseScore 3 series, you should be automatically offered the opportunity to update the next time you start MuseScore. You can also update at any time by going to Help > Check for Update.
  • Export to YouTube on works for scores created in MuseScore 3
  • Plugins API documentation draft is available here

Scheduled improvements

  • Further performance optimizations
  • One-note dynamics and a new soundfont
  • Start Center UX
  • Plugins documentation

Further reading


Handbook for MuseScore 3

This handbook is for MuseScore version 3.0 and above. It is maintained and translated by the MuseScore community. Find out how you can help.

(If you are still using MuseScore 2.x, you can access the old handbook).

Getting started

This chapter helps you to install and run MuseScore for the first time. It will introduce you to the various learning and help resources.


The previous →"Getting started" chapter guided you through the installation process.
This chapter shows you how to set up a new score using the MuseScore Wizard, and how to enter and edit basic music notation. The various parts of the program window are described—toolbars, Inspector, palettes etc.—as well as viewing and navigation options.


In the previous →"Basics" chapter you learned how to enter notes and interact with the palettes. The "Notation" chapter describes the different types of notation in more detail, including more advanced music notation.

See also →Advanced topics.

Sound and playback

MuseScore has "Sound and playback" capabilities built-in. This chapter covers the playback controls and ways to extend the instrument sounds.


Many score elements in MuseScore are based on text, either alone (e.g., staff text, dynamics, tempo, fingering, lyrics, etc.) or in combination with lines (e.g., voltas, octave lines, guitar barre lines, etc.).

This chapter covers some of the different classes of text MuseScore supports, and formatting options.

Other types of text are covered in other chapters:


Advanced topics


This chapter describes how to find help using MuseScore: the best places to look, the best way to ask a question on the forums, and tips for reporting a bug.


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MuseScore 3.3 Release

Today we are pleased to announce a significant update, MuseScore 3.3. In addition to dozens of bug fixes and new features, it introduces substantial usability improvements for palettes, note input workflow and accessibility.

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MuseScore 3.3 announcement

Palettes redesign

Palettes panel is one of the most commonly used UI elements in the editor. By the way, there are many reports from users who don't understand how to customize palette cells, how to add custom elements and rearrange existing palettes.

In collaboration with @Tantacrul, we focused on simplifying the interaction with the palette elements and ease of customization. We made the interactions more intuitive and integrated the semantic of Master Palette to the palette panel.

Check out the video describing all the palette improvements!

Note Input Workflow

We have already implemented essential improvements related to the appearance, usability, and customization possibilities of the palettes. We are focusing on new users to let them understand MuseScore's facilities faster and easier, yet keep the workflow for experienced users the same or significantly simplify it.

One more thing we wanted to see in the MuseScore 3.3 release is the Tantacrul's Note Input workflow redesign implementation. Mattmcclinch generously helped the project and implemented the most significant part of the usability improvements. The changes were not massive, but significantly improve the UX of the Note Input workflow. It allows entering notes right after clicking proper duration without extra clicking "N".


MuseScore has long made accessibility for blind and visually impaired users a priority, and previous releases of MuseScore have provided some degree of keyboard and screen reader support to allow blind users to navigate and read scores. But many operations - especially operations relating to creating or editing scores - continued to rely on the mouse or fail to provide appropriate screen reader feedback. Blind users were thus limited in what they could do.

For MuseScore 3.3, we have removed most of the remaining accessibility barriers. Navigation commands now give keyboard access to almost all score elements, and the screen reader feedback (using NVDA on Windows) has been enhanced and optimized to be as complete as possible and also reduce redundancy. The navigation commands also continue to work and to pick up where you left off even when the selection is cleared.

We also improved the tab ordering of various windows and made other improvements to keyboard access of controls within MuseScore. Perhaps most significantly, the palette redesign discussed above includes keyboard navigation support, allowing blind users full access to all the symbols provided by MuseScore. With MuseScore 3.3, blind users are able to read, edit, and create scores, with access to almost all program features.

MuseScore is one of the very few score writers able to make that claim, and this will open up the world of music notation for many blind musicians.

Special thanks to Marc Sabatella for implementing most of the accessibility improvements.

Chord symbol improvements

Chord Symbol Formatting

Past releases of MuseScore have supported super scripting within chord symbols, but only when using the Jazz style and the corresponding MuseJazz font, and only the fixed amount built into the font. With MuseScore 3.3, you can now set super scripting options within Format / Style / Chord Symbols, whether using the Jazz style or not. There are separate controls for the size and position of extensions and modifiers (the "7" and "b9" respectively in "C7b9").

Roman Numeral Analysis

MuseScore 3.3 adds native support for Roman numeral analysis (RNA) through a new command, font, and style settings. To add RNA to your score, select a note or rest and use Add / Text / Roman Numeral Analysis (or define a shortcut for this command). You can then type your analysis using ordinary characters, like "IV64", and it will be rendered with appropriate formatting using the new Campania font and the Roman Numeral Analysis style settings. You can then use Space or any of the other shortcuts used when entering chord symbols to enter additional analysis on other notes.

Nashville Number System

MuseScore 3.3 adds native support for Nashville notation through a new command and style settings. To add Nashville notation to your score, select a note or rest and use Add / Text / Nashville Number (or define a shortcut for this command). You can then type your notation using ordinary characters, like "4m7/6", and it will be rendered using formatting similar to that used for chord symbols and the Nashville Number text style settings. You can then use Space or any of the other shortcuts used when entering chord symbols to enter an additional notation on other notes.

MuseScore 3.3 RNA

Special thanks to Marc Sabatella for implementing all of the chord symbol improvements.

Plugin API

MuseScore 3.3 adds a lot of new possibilities to the plugins API.

  • Plugins have now a direct (read-only) access to the list of selected elements which greatly simplifies writing plugins to automate certain user actions on selected elements.
  • Plugins have also gained a possibility to alter the playback of notes by altering parameters of their play events, which are later used to generate the actual MIDI events for playback. This ability can be used to implement custom ornamentation playback or improve phrasing capabilities in playback. A great example of plugin making use of these capabilities is Articulation and Ornamentation Control plugin written by BSG which is aimed exactly towards improving phrasing in playback.

MuseScore 3.3 also features an experimental change that allows plugins to get notified of potential changes in score state. In particular, this allows tracking selection changes or certain score edits, which is especially useful for writing interactive dock plugins. Here are examples of plugins making use of this feature:

A full list of changes is available here.

We want to thank DLLarson who has implemented most of the mentioned changes and BSG who has inspired many of these changes and much helped in testing them during their development.


MuseScore 3 Released

Today we are excited to announce the release of MuseScore 3, a major step forward for the world's most popular music notation software.

The strengths of MuseScore have long been its ease of use, the large community of creators and wide availability of sheet music on, and of course, the fact that it is free. We are also proud of how powerful MuseScore is and the quality of the engraving that it can produce. With the release of MuseScore 3 - almost four years in the making - we are making it easier than ever to create beautiful, professional-looking scores.

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Automatic Placement

The most significant advance is the new Automatic Placement (autoplace) system that detects and avoids collisions between score elements.

  • This allows you to keep your focus on your music, with much less need to spend time manually adjusting things to look good. As you enter notes, musical symbols, and text, MuseScore 3 automatically formats your music and arranges the various markings in ways that closely follow professional music engraving standards.
  • You can continue to exercise full control of the layout when and where you want.
  • Autoplace does exactly what a professional engraver would do most of the time without your having to think about it, but it steps out of the way and lets you position things manually when appropriate. Users of other notation programs with similar functionality can attest to how valuable this can be.
  • Our automatic placement system strikes an ideal balance between simplicity and flexibility.


An integration with Sparkle and WinSparkle autoupdate engines has been implemented and included in MuseScore 3. Keeping up to date with new releases no longer requires you to manually go find and download them. Just let the autoupdater handle downloading and installing of the new version for you! Receiving our latest bugfixes and features has never been easier.

Watch the video to see how it works on Windows.

Note, the autoupdater uses your OS locale which means that the language of the autoupdater interface will always be the same to your OS language.

First time user experience

MuseScore 3 introduces a number of other new features to make the program easier to learn and use.

  • To get you up and running quickly without the need for manuals, we have created a set of Tours that appear automatically and provide instant help on specific common topics as you first encounter them.
  • We have also added a search facility and better organization to the palettes, making it easier to find symbols to add to your score.
  • To customize the appearance and behavior of score elements, the various properties and styles associated with them can now be controlled almost entirely from an enhanced Inspector window. New properties are provided, such as placement above or below the staff, and stacking order to control how different elements overlap each other.
  • A new Timewise note input and editing feature allows you to insert and delete notes and rests within measures, automatically shifting subsequent music forwards or backwards. This can be useful for correcting mistakes as well as creating unmetered music.


  • For navigation, a Single Page mode provides a vertically scrolling view of your score.
  • A new Timeline window provides an instant overview of your score, displaying the rehearsal marks, tempo, key, and time signature changes, and showing where each instrument is playing versus resting. This enables you to easily jump to specific sections of your score.
  • The Score Comparison Tool shows you the differences between two versions of a score.

Notation improvements

MuseScore 3 supports a number of additional notations that have been commonly requested.

  • The MuseJazz font can now be used to give all elements of your score a handwritten appearance.
  • System dividers can be added automatically.
  • Staff properties such as number of lines can be changed mid-score, and you can define a staff as a "cutaway" staff or to use named noteheads.
  • When generating parts from your score, you can have separate parts for each voice of a given staff.

Brand new Mixer and Piano Roll

The playback controls have been redesigned to increase their usefulness. The Play Panel is docked to take less space. In the Mixer, you can mute the voices for a staff individually. Multiple channels for an instrument are now collapsed by default, and you can define the MIDI port and channel number for each. The Piano Roll Editor has been greatly enhanced to make it much easier to edit the playback parameters of each note in your score.

Dark theme

MuseScore users can switch to Dark Mode to transform the UI to a darkened color scheme, putting the focus on the content while controls recede into the background. You don't need to restart MuseScore anymore to apply changed UI settings.


We are appreciate everyone's efforts to make MuseScore better. Thanks to everyone who submitted PRs and created bug reports as well as suggestions and feature requests.

Today, we want to introduce every contributor in personal. The list is available here and will be enriched soon. Don't hesitate to say thank you to someone personally :)

Contributions statistics in 2018

  • More than 1000 PRs were created, 860 PRs were merged
  • More than 50 contributors made about 1500 commits

Important notes

  • MuseScore 2.3.2 and MuseScore 3.0 can co-exist on one machine. Installation of the MuseScore 3 will create the association with .mscz/.mscx files, but you can keep using both versions of MuseScore on one machine.
  • Beta testers won't get notifications from the autoupdater. You need to install official release manually. The official release will be continuously updated. Beta packages will be used for testing prereleases in future, but they could be unistalled for now.

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Many distributions release a package of MuseScore with each new version of the distribution. However, with the exception of rolling distributions like Arch Linux, MuseScore releases rarely coincide with a distribution release so these packages are often out-of-date.

If you want to run the latest MuseScore version and get support from the MuseScore developers, we suggest installing an AppImage, however the distribution packages, even if older, are usually supported by the distribution’s package maintainers. Community images are provided by users for their distributions and have at best voluntary support.



The package "musescore" can be installed from the main repository using your favorite package manager or check the "unstable" (sid) distribution.



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