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Sibelius Wins Two Worlddidac Awards

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International awards recognise innovation and educational value of Sibelius 4 and Groovy Music software products

24 October 2006 — Dr. Peter A. Gloor, Chairman of the Jury of the Worlddidac Award, presents the awards to Sibelius Sales Manager, Justin Baron

Sibelius Software, the leader in music notation software, has won two Worlddidac Awards for the innovation and educational value of its products. Both Sibelius 4, the latest version of their flagship notation program, and Groovy Music, a dedicated music program for schoolchildren aged 5-11, were awarded prizes.

The Worlddidac Awards recognise the pedagogical value of products from right across the world. It is fast-becoming the most renowned international prize in the education sector, with a judging panel made up of respected education associations across Europe and beyond. The 2006 ceremony was held on October 24 in Basel, Switzerland.

The judging criteria include overall quality, pedagogic value, ease of use, aesthetics, handbook quality, degree of realism in software, multi-functionality, adaptability, design innovation, pedagogical innovation, technological innovation, degree of interactivity and performance/cost ratio.

“We are delighted to win two Worlddidac awards.” Says Jeremy Silver, MD of Sibelius Software. “These awards are unique because of their international perspective and focus on learning value. And the judging panel is made up from the most respected education associations from a whole range of countries.”

Sibelius 4 is the world’s best-selling music notation software and is used by over 100,000 people across the globe, including composers, educators, students and arrangers. Version 4 adds groundbreaking functionality for creating instrumental parts, composing for video, producing beautiful printed music and seamlessly transferring music and lyrics to and from Microsoft Word.

Groovy Music is a series of three programs for schoolchildren age 5-11 that were created using Sibelius’s deep understanding of music education. Groovy Music makes teaching music to 5-11 year-olds easy and fun and is fast becoming the No.1 choice for primary/elementary schools.
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