Sibelius training sessions
NYC Music Services conducts Sibelius training sessions for those in the New York metro area, and will travel to other locations on request.

No sessions are currently scheduled, but we hope to offer more in the future. Please check back for updated information. The following information is provided for reference.

You’ll learn Sibelius skills, tips, and techniques in one or both of our sessions. Get the most out of this powerful music creation software in a fun setting loaded with important information. Learning Sibelius is as easy as 1-2-3!

See our sessions mentioned on the Sibelius blog

Our Sibelius training sessions are appropriate for:
  • composers, orchestrators and arrangers
  • performers
  • music students
  • music teachers
  • music ministers
  • copyists and engravers
  • orchestra librarians
Participants are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along with our presentations in real-time. However, a laptop is not required and handouts will be provided to everyone. Note-taking and questions are encouraged!

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Sibelius Level 1: Beginners

This three-hour session will cover:
  • Opening scores and creating new scores
  • Getting around the Sibelius interface, including the Ribbon
  • Note input, both with and without a MIDI keyboard
  • Selecting and copying music
  • Working with text, dynamics, key signatures and time signatures
  • Basic editing
  • Playing back your score
You will benefit from the Beginners session if any of the following apply:
  • You have never used a music notation program and want to learn Sibelius from scratch
  • You use another notation program and have switched or are thinking of switching to Sibelius
  • You currently use Sibelius but want to know how to use it in a more correct and efficient manner
  • You need to be able to teach music using Sibelius
No prior knowledge of Sibelius is required, but competency in reading and writing music is assumed.
Sibelius Level 2: Intermediate

This three-hour session will cover:
  • A brief review of the topics presented in the Beginners session
  • Chord symbols
  • Score editing
  • Engraving rules
  • Customizing the look of your score, formatting and layout
  • Using plug-ins and filters
  • Working with parts
You will benefit from the Intermediate session if any of the following apply:
  • You use another notation program and are considering switching to Sibelius, and you want to see if Sibelius can do all the things you need it to do
  • You currently use and have a basic understanding of Sibelius, but need to take your skills to the next level
  • You need to become more fluent with Sibelius because of an upcoming assignment or project
Prior experience with Sibelius is helpful but not required, depending on the participant’s individual objectives. Competency in reading and writing music is assumed.
NYC Music Services is a New York-based music preparation firm with more than fifteen years of experience preparing quality materials for professional clients in the music industry. NYCMS produces music notation using the latest versions of the Finale and Sibelius programs, and MIDI realizations with Logic Studio.

Working with a network of industry professionals worldwide to meet the demands of any project, materials prepared by NYC Music Services have recently appeared on the music stands at Lincoln Center, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, Abbey Road Studios in London, and the Royal Opera House. NYCMS gives workshops in New York and across the country on music software and preparation. Regular clients include Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Indianapolis Symphony / Symphonic Pops Consortium, European American Music Corporation, and today’s top concert, film and TV composers.
Philip Rothman is principal and owner of NYC Music Services. Philip’s orchestration credits include feature films and television programs including The Nanny Diaries, Hollywoodland (Focus Features), Taking Chance, Teddy in His Own Words, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO Films), and the mini-series Faces of America (PBS).

His original compositions have been performed by the Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Philharmonic of Lithuania, Juilliard Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, United States Military Academy Band, and numerous other ensembles.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

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Here's an example of one of the many topics that will be covered at the Sibelius training sessions: