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Music 110 Introduction to Computer Notation, continued

Assignment #3
multiple voices, dynamics, basic layout






for reference:
Sibelius operations discussed in class this week & last week
today’s score




Part I: In this assignment you will enter yet another page of piano music, continuing to practice time-saving techniques of entry and editing. In addition you will learn the following new skills:

  • How to enter music in multiple voices (independent lines) on a single staff
    Reference Index: Voices
  • How to enter all dynamics, including both text dynamics and hairpins
    For text dynamics: always use expression text, and use the word menus or the proper keyboard combinations.
    For hairpins: Reference Index: Hairpins
  • How to enter both slurs and ties. They are not the same thing! Not in musical meaning, and not in Sibelius. Always remember to distinguish between them and use the proper notation.

Part II: You will also learn how to connect to your UVM zoo server space so you can store and access your viles securely via the internet.



Main event

Enter this PDF score page in a new Sibelius file. You may find it easier to print out the original so you can free up screen space. Anything we do not get to in class can be learned from Sibelius Reference, or the videos, or a knowledgeable friend or lab monitor.



Print out your final score and submit a hard copy to your instructor on the specified due date. Follow all other instructions and advice for computer hygiene as for assignment 1.



Strive to make your music look as much as possible like the original PDF file.

9 points:

  • Proper appearance of passsages with multiple voices. This includes correct stem directions, hiding any invisible rests, and proper handling of accidentals.
  • All dynamics, both letters and hairpins, as in original.
  • all clefs, time signature, rhythms (including rests), and pitches (spellings too!) as in the original.

10 points: all the above plus

  • No collisions (unless they are also present in the original—this is very rare in any published music).
  • Title, tempo, other non-music text, and pedalling (hint: pedal indications are a kind of line in Sibelius, even if no line is visible in the result).

There’s a lot of fussy fingering—if you get it all in you can get extra credit (tip: use fingering text!).


We may NOT COVER every operation you will need for this assignment. Do not panic!

When you are unsure of anything, refer to the on-screen “Sibelius Reference” (via the Help menu, or type command-/). The reference itself is great, but its “Search” function is quirky; you may have better luck with the Index or Contents. As with assignment 1, everything you need to know can be gleaned from the Reference. The tutorials provide an excellent overview but come nowhere near to describing all the capabilities or shortcuts available.

Train yourself to use the keyboards (qwerty and MIDI) as much as possible, and the mouse only as necessary. Keyboards good! Mouse bad! Who needs carpal tunnel? Not musicians.

When you use any of the drop-down menus, note the keyboard shortcut and USE IT. Not next time, NOW. This is the only way to learn it. (Keyboards good! Mouse bad!)

You may find it ergonomic to print out the PDF file you are reproducing for ease of reference as you work.


In this part, you will learn:

  • how to convert your files to .zip format, useful for saving storage space and for hassle-free file transfer
  • how to transfer files to and from your UVM zoo server space

Step I: Creating .zip files


Using the appropriate instructions below, take your Sibelius files and convert them to .zip files.


for Mac, simply right-click or control-click on a file or folder and choose "Compress..." or "Make archive of..." from the drop-down menu.


for Windows, click here

for Windows XP, click here (instructions about 2/3 of the way down the page)

NOTE: Macs allow more latitude in naming files than some computers. Therefore, if you are doing internet-related work on a Mac, you must be careful to follow the stricter naming conventions of other systems, because your file will be passing through other computers on its wild ride through the internet. Read on:

1) Macs allow file names with periods and spaces, for example, but many servers do not and will freak out if you try to upload or download such files. So be sure your file name uses only letters and numbers. You may also use the underscore ( _ ) as a useful substitute for a space, as in Mus103_asst3_JoeSchmoe

2) On a Mac (depending on system preferences) it may be that a file’s extension (the part that comes after the period, like .html or .mpg or .sib) is "hidden". That means it’s there, but does not show up on the screen. If you create a .zip file, you may end up with a double extension, something like (this is a Sibelius file that has ben zipped)

If so, click on the file name and hit "enter" to edit the name and get rid of the extra extension, i.e. change to

Servers may do unpredictable things if a file has more than one extension. (This is why, incidentally, you should not use a period in any of your file names to begin with, since a period tells the [non-Mac] computer that the following characters indicate the type of file.)

Step II: Connecting to your UVM zoo server space


You should store your projects in at least two locations. A high-capacity thumb drive is a convenient way to back up your work. Even if you can’t edit Sibelius projects on your own computer, you can copy the files to your own computer as a second secure backup.

You should also take advantage of your UVM "Zoo" server share. You can connect from the lab computers in various ways:

1) In the 200D lab, if you complete the secondary "SMB/CIFS" login when you start up the computer, a "Homes" server icon should appear on your desktop. You can click on this to connect to your zoo share, and then just drag and drop files in or out of your zoo space

2) Using cifs:

on a Mac:

From the Finder, pick the Go menu (command-K), then
Connect to Server

In the "Connect to Server" dialog box, enter:
(where "ULID" is your UVM NetID)

You will see another "drive" mounted in the Finder, which is the class upload share.

N.B. if you're off-campus, you will need to be using the VPN client to connect.
Go to if you don't know what this is.

on Windows:

right-click My Computer

pick Map Network Drive

enter the path as
(where "ULID" is your UVM NetID)

3) Using Fetch. Enter "" for the Hostname, your ULID for the Username, and your password. Connect using SFTP.

4) Via weblink:
Enter your ULID and password.

Once you have backed up a file to your zoo share, you can access it to download on any networked computer.

Note: files you put in your "Public" folder are potentially accessible to others via the internet. The access details depend on UVM's and your personal settings, but if you do not want others to access your files, do not put them into the Public folder.


File management and storage



RETAIN your file for this and all assignments on your own media for the duration of the semester. Your instructor may need to see your original file now or later. You now know how to save them on your UVM Zoo server space—hooray! But it is always a good idea to have two independent forms of backup, especially if one of them (zoo) is not 100% under your personal control.


Safe and happy computing!

Name and save your file immediately on creation.

Save often to the local hard disk.

At the end of every work session, move your file to a safe storage medium: your own flash drive or CD, or personal server space. If your work is really important or time-consuming, save it in two different places.

If you are working in a lab, DELETE your file from the local hard drive at the end of your work session. Failure to do so exposes your work to plagiarism, which will complicate your situation as well as that of the person duplicating your work.

Follow these simple rules for the whole course and the rest of your life!






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