Sibelius First is the fastest, easiest way for students to start to learn notation— and the perfect complement to their classroom’s copy of Sibelius. The incredibly intuitive interface leads them through score creation, while built-in smart tools produce beautiful results automatically. Teachers can guide student progress through sticky notes and comments, or take advantage of the included instrument library to demonstrate how scores will sound in real life. When students are done composing, it’s easy to show off their accomplishments—turn scores into videos, share directly to social media, export for iPad, print, email, and more.

Magnetic Layout—perfect scores in half the timeMagnetic Layout—perfect scores in half the time

Magnetic Layout takes care of almost every detail of score layout—effortlessly. As students write, it gives everything just the right amount of space and avoids collisions to produce beautiful results. This single feature can cut writing time in half, leaving time for other lessons.



Keyboard window for input and playbackKeyboard window for input and playback

If students prefer using a keyboard to learn and write notation, this beautiful window is ideal. Simply click on the keys to input notes and chords or play a computer’s QWERTY keys just like a piano. And when students play back a score, the keyboard plays too.



Add sticky commentsAdd sticky comments

Want to swap comments or score ideas with other students and teachers? Simply place them directly on the score using handy sticky notes.



Recognizes chord symbols automaticallyRecognizes chord symbols automatically

Sibelius First understands the same chord types as Sibelius, and will even recognize and produce appropriate chord symbols in text and/or guitar diagrams when students input using a MIDI device or by typing suffix elements.



New sounds and VST/AU supportNew sounds and VST/AU support

Sibelius First includes an exclusive, professional-quality instrument sound library, and can also play back scores using VST and Audio Unit instruments. So students can use world-famous sound libraries such as EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, Synful Orchestra, and many others. Use as many different VST or Audio Unit effects as your computer can handle.



Get complete control of your session with M-Audio keyboardsGet complete control of your session with M-Audio keyboards

Sibelius First works with all M-Audio controller keyboards, giving you numerous choices for entering notes and playing along with your compositions. The software is even compatible with HyperControl™, the MIDI mapping technology used in M-Audio Axiom Pro controller keyboards. HyperControl allows you to make music faster and easier by automatically mapping the knobs, faders, drum pads and numeric keypad buttons on the keyboard to playback, Mixer, and note input controls in Sibelius First. The two-way link ensures the keyboard’s controls are always in sync with your software.


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If you’re a teacher, school official, or a university/college student, you should get Sibelius, which lets you extract parts, create worksheets and exercises, write for orchestra and band, and much more. Generous educational discounts for site and network licenses are available for Sibelius.