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MagicScore School 6 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — MagicScore School 6

Create and edit music composition of any complexity.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 320 (70%) 138 (30%) 61 comments

MagicScore School 6 was available as a giveaway on March 25, 2010!

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MagicScore School is wonderful music notation and music writing software, offering the most advanced capabilities for music schools, students, teachers and music lovers. With MagicScore School you can create magnificent compositions; that will give you the opportunity to have your work done in the best possible manner.

Functionality of the "School" versions:

  • Automatically corrects input.
  • Allows highly versatile editing (copies, inserts, deletes, and transposes both individual notes and selected blocks of notes).
  • Provides note entry through a virtual piano.
  • Includes a descriptive chord builder.
  • Anchors comments, references and other design elements to all units of the score.
  • Sets alignment, offset and break size of staves and measures.
  • Regulates volume, balance and effects for each individual track and instrument.
  • Reads and writes MIDI files and records in MIDI format.
  • Plays back instruments separately or as the entire ensemble.
  • Prints scores with print previews.
  • Supports Drag & Drop.
  • Allows Undo and Redo.
  • Records scores through MIDI devices.
  • Can print blank staves for notation.
  • Prints notes of the MIDI format files.

New in MagicScore School 6.0:

  • Spanish and Polish interface.
  • 1/128 duration.
  • Auto-calculation of measures’ duration to its notes, when the Time Signature of a composition is not set.
  • Formation of notes was changed. Now MagicScore School 6 provides a new level of music score quality.
  • The Liga addition was changed by splitting to Slur or Tie.
  • Now you can change left and right margins for every page automatically. This option is very useful for music book and brochure creation.
  • Time Signature placement in the middle and the end of a measure.
  • Empty staves auto-hide option for the MIDI file import function.
  • A tremolo width and rotation changing option.
  • Notes beam movement.
  • Systems interval changed.
  • Triplet styles were added.
  • Beam number of notes management.
  • Tools panels’ rotation to the vertical position.
  • Split point on recording for two hands.
  • Using the Key Signature of the composition in Grace notes.
  • Offset properties for Key Signature, Clef, etc..

System Requirements:

Windows 98/NT/2000/Me/XP/Vista/7


Maestro Music Software



File Size:

5.91 MB



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A good and decent software. Established himself in win7. I sit contented.

Reply   |   Comment by Without  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a great program indeed. I as a fan of music I find this very interesting since it gives me chance to create my own composition with style and quality. I also find it great since it has cool features wherein you could do a lot out of it.

Reply   |   Comment by jolie styvers  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

NOO!! really?... I missed it. I wanted to compare this to Finale.
oh well, it'll come back around.

Finale still has the best music software for PC I've ever tried, but I haven't tried this before.

Mac music software seems to be preferred by most of the composers I know.

Reply   |   Comment by Kylamus  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is another program that can not be at all activate.No technical obstacle to any on my side,the internet in order,the firewall nothing block-i use Vista Home Premium 32bit.
And yet why negative comments are removed? Once or removed my comment and will never insult anyone,it is not in my nature.
Home and promotions are sometimes very interesting,but we live in a free world,where you can probably write a few words of truth...

Reply   |   Comment by PasjonatWachholza  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sibelius 6 is better, but that costs several hundred dollars.

This should be fine for any new music composer.

Reply   |   Comment by Allen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

it is rather unfortunate I did not get a chance to download this programme due to problems with my internet connection. I hope you bring it back soon. thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Alice Tolle  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

"Locks up" on my Dell PC running Windows XP. Has anyone with a similar setup had this problem? I'll try a registry repair and give it another go, because it looks like a really useful progam, especially if you have a hand disability like I do and you can't write out notes legibly.

Reply   |   Comment by Pilsner Panther  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Number 12: PLEASE read the instructions before you give advice contradicting same. It says to run activation FIRST.


Reply   |   Comment by JAMES HARRISON  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

thnx 4 this precious moment/forum. I'd like 2 ask : is there a free ware that can omit only the vocal sound on a n MP3 format song, so i can replace it with my own vocal.
thnx a lot and Gbu.

Reply   |   Comment by rinanto  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I have installed this on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and everything seems to be working just fine for me.

I also am missing the serial number, but I have not noticed anything amiss yet.

Reply   |   Comment by sparkey  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Runs on my Windows 7 64 bit! Looks like a nice program!

Reply   |   Comment by booeyboy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Great program but the activate module won't connect with the GOTD website. I've tried disabling the firewall but I keep getting message to try later and I'm running out of time.

Please advise.

Reply   |   Comment by Barry Dolby  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Win 7 pro - no problems, another awesome 1st class deal from the GAOTD team.


Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

So far I like this one a lot. It installed without a hitch on XP Pro SP3..

I have never seen a Serial Number, but I'm not at all concerned because it says "Registered to GiveAwayOfTheDay" under Help > About, and that's good enough for me. When its already indicated as registered, we don't really need a Serial Number. Its asking you to buy it too, but that's incidental. It is indeed registered as is.

I haven't stretched it to the outer limits yet, but have composed a little with it, and it tests out exceptionally well. The Scores are top-drawer. There's much more to find out about it's many reported capabilities in time, but so far this is turning out to be an excellent offering.. If its something you have a use for, by all means take advantage of the offering and grab it.

Kudos and thanks to the developers and to GAOTD.


Reply   |   Comment by JC  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

While I may have no immediate use for this program, it looked interesting enough to download and activate. I like listening to Midi Files based from popular video games and I can load in the midi files into this program to see how they composed the music.

I am no musician by all means but this program can help me understand how its pieced together.

Just give it a try and play around with its features. There may be more expensive software out there, but this is an excellent place to start. And maybe you might learn something from it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Installed perfectly on XP SP2, registration is to GOTD in About link.

Looks like a perfect program, many features, can do everything including triplets, grace notes, a lot of advanced features.

I've created a simple way to learn to read music, in about 20 min, and this will be perfect to develop my website for it. And put in lots of practice material. Beyond the basics, which are quick to learn, it's practice, practice, practice! :D

Reply   |   Comment by Carol  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I could not find these features presented on the "examples" --
Page one - where is: add image , text rotation, , add page numbers, text propereties change - they are not present on the palatte panel
Page 5 note coloration not on Palatte panel

In case anyone was looking for the open file name -- its on the tab along the left margin and is displayed vertically
Loads fine and displays example tour on XP 64 fine

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

clicking on the 'down arrow' to select a different font on the fonts options, freezes the program on my computer 4 out of 4 times

Reply   |   Comment by CU  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well, when I checked it again (and reopened it), the "Buy Now" screen did not show up. So I checked under about, and it says that it has already been licensed by GAOTD. To those who were also having problems with this, I suggest to simply follow the steps in the readme and activate it first. Looks like this really is a full version after all!

Reply   |   Comment by Moon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed fine on Win7 64 bit, I ran both activate and setup in compatability mode for XP sp3. Everything seems Ok, no freezups like other 64bit users.
Looks like it could be a really good program, once I can figure out how to use it.

Reply   |   Comment by Marshrat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

See #28. The problem was that the program does not like changing wallpapers! (on my pc).

Reply   |   Comment by Wilm  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would like to add some different feedback than that already submitted. But first regarding the registration and no serial number:

When the application is installed without doing the activation first, you will see "Trial Version - 30 days left". After registration, that does not appear, so the app is fully registered. There is no serial number.

My feedback on the software itself: there is no way one can compare this offering to Finale and Sibelius. Unlike those "legitimate" packages, this has serious deficiencies...

- no ASIO support (latency will thus be a huge problem)
- no VST support (you cannot use anything other than general MIDI sound patches
- no apparent support for mouse entry on the staff (maybe I just couldn't find it, but it should be the default note entry method)

The default workspace layout makes it very difficult to use this software. My overwhelming suggestion is to click on the little "rotate" icon at the extreme lower right corner. This will put the master dialog windows at the right side, freeing up the bottom for the open windows. As it is, you cannot easily switch windows between note length etc and keyboard etc.

Overall this is a little clunky compared to its big brothers but not to be dismissed. Though not suitable for 'serious' use, it has its place as a quick scratchpad for ideas or for the beginning music student. The price is quite acceptable and it does do a much better job than its low-end competitors.

If the developer was to implement ASIO driver support and VST implementation (even if only making it possible to use a VST wrapper within the software) it would be a fine addition to the music software world.

* note - It would be advisable when using this software on a real project to unload as many processes as possible. This is expecially true of anti-virus software (disconnect from the internet first). The more processes you have going the poorer the software/audio output will be. This is true of all music software. Also, Vista is not recommended for running music software as its overhead is too great. It is far better to run music software under a stripped-down 'light' version of Windows XP.

I hope my comments are of help to those reading this.

Reply   |   Comment by Hemingway  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I have a kid who likes this music stuff. This is what I have been looking for. I'll load this up on all the computers when I get home. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by hobo sam  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am running WinXP SP3 32 bit. I could not get this program to run past the initial splash screen. So I right clicked the icon it put on my desktop, went to properties, Compatibility and checked Disable Visual Themes, and it ran perfectly. I also am running dual screens, and I have no issues as was mentioned earlier about some of the things showing up on the other screen.
I hope this helps some of you to get it running.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Same issue as 7, 9, and 11. I've uninstalled, reinstalled, and done the installer and activation .exe's in different orders several times. The registration "name" field ALWAYS has giveawayoftheday.com in it, REGARDLESS of whether or not I have run activate.exe. Also, no matter what order I do it in or if I run both as an administrator, there is NEVER a serial number.
In the "about" tab, it says the software is registered to giveawayoftheday.com and I am not prompted to register when opening the program.
As far as I can tell, activate.exe does absolutely nothing.
So, is my program registered, or is it going to stop working in a few weeks? I've looked through the comments and I don't see anybody that works for this website replying.

(Vista Home Premium 32 Bit)

Reply   |   Comment by mad_max  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

# 38 you may be on the tab section just go to notes instead , I imagine you can do that I will check it myself but I bet you if it is numbered you have the tabulature window open

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Roberts  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Number 32# Thanks for that I see it to it is registered so that is all I wanted to know . it is awesome soft ware in any ones book I have tabledit32 free version but this one lets you feed actual music that is playable and writes the score for you .,If you use the midi sequence to record your playing of an instrument I would bet it will write what you play and may be correct it , I will find out later . I also noticed that the window wanting you to buy it only comes up one time so just close it out and reopen .

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Roberts  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

How is this a worthwhile program? unless your musically inclined....seems most of you are on here are. Personally I think its limited to those who are either teachers or school kids. Verdict...complete rubbish and useless for the average user.

Reply   |   Comment by Bourne  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

It's worth mentioning again here in the Comments section what someone already posted in the developer suggestions section - the fonts may not install automatically. They didn't for me on Vista 32, even though I did run both the setup and the activate 'as administrator.'

I didn't see the musical notes and symbols correctly when I first started the program. I just saw big numbers, like 4 for quarter notes and 5 for eighth notes. I had to go to c:\program files, find the Music Maestro folder, and install the two font files that I found there (maestrosymbols.ttf and maestrojazzsymbols.ttf) before the sample scores displayed correctly. (To install the fonts, right click and select Install.)

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

I have what sounds like a very similar program, Noteworthy Composer v2.0, that I use occasionally. I just checked & it sells for $49. Does anyone know how MagicScore compares to that?

Reply   |   Comment by Tim D  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)


Reply   |   Comment by Tn365  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

It looks good, and sounds very good, but the sheer volume of negative comments leave me a little nervous in regards to this. It seems like fantastic value, frankly.

I think i'll give it a miss, though. Windows 7 doesn't seem to be it's favorite anyway. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Tough  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

great software and its easy to use. thanks gotd.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thanks, fubar, for your comments and list of similar software. One program missing from your list is SmartScore. It is pricey, but significantly cheaper than Finale. In addition to the standard transposing and editing features of most music software, it has the unique feature of being able to scan music in and converting it to a midi file. That feature alone is sufficient to make it a winner for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Harold  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thumbs up, just for the fact it's a totally different giveaway this time!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

All I can add here because I didnt use the program yet, is that it installed fine on my windows7, registered fine and no lockups. Not sure if this helps anyone with W7 but all is well here.

Reply   |   Comment by ogburg  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I have downloaded the program several times.
The menu goes crazy on my pc.
Does anyone have an idea what the problem can be?

Reply   |   Comment by Wilm  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

MagicScore School 6 is perhaps the finest software program ever created. I couldn't even read music, but I have now created magnificent scores that would rival Mozart himself and I've enrolled to teach music at the local college. I'm in the process of selling my scores to Hollywood and will likely be a millionaire as a result. I owe this all to MagicScore School 6.

Thank you GAOTD and MagisScore for such an awesome giveaway!

Hopefully, I have helped many make an informed decision to download.
Thank you,

Reply   |   Comment by Boingo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-60)

@22 I had the same issue with no serial number showing in the registration page, and there's a buy now button, so I'm concerned about not having a serial number. On the other hand, nothing came up as a warning about time left on a trial either, so I'm left wondering.

The program (which I installed and uninstalled when I tried to get a serial number to show up by trying the activation and then installation in reverse, to no avail) runs fine on my Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machine.

I tinkered with it a bit by importing some midi files I had. This program seems pretty solid so far.

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Will not run on my WIN7 64bit system - freezes immediately, as others noted. Do not bother if you're running WIN7 64 bit. Too bad, I would have liked to have tried this one!

Reply   |   Comment by Promytius  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Like CU & Ken Roberts, I noticed in the 'Help - About', the program shows licensed to Giveawayoftheday, but when you check the 'Help - Registration', the program shows Giveawayoftheday but wants a serial key for full registration.
To the Team, is there a way to get a serial key?
Installed fine on WinXP Pro SP3. Allows install to user-specified directory/harddrive. Extensive help file. Overall, nice program.
Wonder about the serial key and full registration but otherwise nice!
Thanks Team!

Reply   |   Comment by Torymon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#1, johnpeter, false. I get tired of the random comments here. MagicScore School 5 and 6 install to separate locations, both work on Vista. As mentioned by #10, Clive, the coding is flaky. Vista does a compatibility re-install when you run MagicScoreSetup. You should set MagicScore School's Compatibility to XP. I noticed it can leave empty menu windows displayed until you exit, which is a serious problem since those windows cover other things. This is a many-times rerun (but improving), you can read previous comments. There are many music notation editors, many of which are free or have free versions. There's Denemo/LilyPond/OOoLilyPond, Finale, Sibelius, Forte, MuseScore, Musette, the online Noteflight, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

I have a Windows 7 (French) machine with dual screens. This program freezes on my machine as soon as I start it.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Heroux  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

This proggie is a NO-GO at this station, which is running Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit). It simply hangs at the pretty splash screen, even when run in XP compatibility mode.

Oh well, maybe next time.....

Reply   |   Comment by BrabbieMan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@johnpeter (#1) Thanks for the tip on uninstalling old versions.
This program looks good. Use the tutorial under Help>Helper to help learn basic features. I would recommend printing off the initial welcome screen called "Score Examples" as it has lots of tips.
I particularly like how the program intuitively fills in rests when you start a new measure. This is a great way for students to learn theory in a hands-on way.
I'm also a little worried about not having a registration key, as License.txt says we will be limited to 30 records. The Readme says that printing will be limited to one page but I was able to print off multiple pages from one of the demos.

Reply   |   Comment by computermorah  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I had the same issue as CU in comment 7. I uninstalled the program because it does not appear to be registering correctly. There is no serial key code.

Reply   |   Comment by talon2  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Free alternative: MuseScore. It's a GPL'd WYSIWYG music notation program similar to Finale. For what it's worth, anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by rojo  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

#2 Terry.
We ought to get together. I can play my Yamaha keyboard, but can't work out the music and computer side of things. :)

Still if I spend some time on it.
Thanks GGOTD a very nice program.

Reply   |   Comment by mike studyform  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Ran activate (as admin). Installed (as admin); during the install, chose the option that said 'Run the program'. Program ran, said it was registered to Giveawayoftheday. Closed program.

Ran program as regular user. Program said it was 'Unregistered'. Ran program as admin. Program said it was 'Unregistered'.

Reply   |   Comment by W  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I'm glad to see something new and useful on GAotD for once. This is a very neat program for composing music. I haven't really played around with all the features yet, but for the basic user it seems like it is just as good as the industry standards, Finale and Sibelius, which both cost $600 for their full package. Best of all, it looks like it will be a bit easier to use, since it's not jam-packed with excessive features that only a few people would ever take advantage of.

I'd recommend this program even if I paid the full $30 for it. Getting it for free is an awesome deal.

Reply   |   Comment by Nick  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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