As well as an elegant new user interface, the new Sibelius Student offers a host of extra facilities to help GCSE, AS and A-level music students excel in their homework and enjoy writing music at home. These include allowing up to 12 staves for fuller compositions, full video playback for composing for film or TV clips, and Panorama view for composing without the distraction of page breaks until ready to print.
Sibelius Student includes the same legendary score-formatting engine as the full version of Sibelius, which is used by professional musicians and all of the major sheet music publishers throughout the world.
The program also comes with over 250 musical Ideas – short snippets of musical notation covering many styles of music – to inspire students’ composition and arrangement. These Ideas are held in a read-only version of Sibelius 5’s revolutionary Ideas Hub. As well as the pre-supplied Ideas, which range from classical piano motifs through to funk basslines, music teachers can also pre-load the Ideas Hub with their own snippets of music, making it easier to set arrangement and composition homework exercises.
“Thousand of students across the UK use Sibelius Student for homework and coursework,” says Jeremy Silver, Managing Director of Sibelius Software. “We’re delighted to announce this major update that not only helps them, but also makes it easier for their music teachers to set engaging homework exercises for their students.”
Other new features enable students to email scores to their music teacher in one click from within Sibelius Student, to add clef changes mid-staff, to flip stem directions and hide and show empty staves. Users can also create tuplets, from duplets (2:3) through to nontuplets (9:8).
The video feature in Sibelius Student is taken directly from Sibelius 5, and enables student to sync their score to timeline events in video clips.
The new Sibelius Student can exchange files freely with Sibelius 5 and 4 and open MusicXML files.
Sibelius Student runs perfectly on Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and is a Universal Binary application for the best possible performance on both Intel and PowerPC Macs.
As with the previous version of Sibelius Student, users can also add lyrics and text, publish music on the Internet using Sibelius Scorch technology, and convert MIDI files from other music programs into notation.