I did a music degree as a mature student a year or
so ago. Sibelius was not compulsory - you could hand in a composition in
any form you wanted, although a "recording" was often required and Sibelius's
ability to generate highish quality MP3s was of benefit. The real issue
was that in the weekly 2 hour composition class you were expected to work on
your composition with feedback from the tutor, and the college computers only
supported Sibelius for this. Thus if you wanted to work outside class,
Sibelius was essentially compulsory. I bought and still use the
educational licence - quite a lot of music on IMSLP is in Sib format so
it's convenient to have a copy of the program. Others on this forum have
also benefitted from my ability to read that format.
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Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:46
Subject: Re: Lilypond <->
On 4/22/2018 12:06 PM, J Martin Rushton wrote:
Thanks all for the suggestions.
Ben: I think he is required to use Sibelius at University that appears
to be all that they have. When he was still at school the same applied.
Whilst it would be nice if the uni offered other products, I suspect
the learning curve for the staff would be too steep if students actually
thought for themselves. ;-)
Once again, thanks all
Happy to help.
that's too bad though that he is forced to use Sibelius. That seems strange to
When I was doing my undergraduate work in Theory/Composition, the
professor used Finale and a few university-labs had Finale pre-installed on
the computers for sure: but when it came to what program we the students *had
to* use, there was no rule at all.
We all handed in our assignments on
manuscript paper, printed out from whatever program we chose. Or handwritten
As long as it was on score paper, the professor did not care what
software we used.
Do all students have their own university-computer
for the class, and that has Sibelius on it? Just curious.
I hope your
son finds a successful solution to this! :)