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MagicScore School Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — MagicScore School

MagicScore School 5.0 is notation software for music aficionados, students, teachers, schools and colleges.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 327 (84%) 62 (16%) 140 comments

MagicScore School was available as a giveaway on April 14, 2007!

Today Giveaway of the Day
free today
Transfers files directly between any iOS devices.

MagicScore School 5.0 is a notation software for music aficionados, students, teachers, schools and colleges. The program offers people interested in music a variety of notation options – input, editing, printing, correctness check and much more.

MagicScore School, as the name implies, has been specially created for folks who are learning music, but professional musicians can use it as well.

Notes can be entered manually, copied from another source, added through the virtual piano, MIDI keyboard or synthesizer.

MagicScore School is also capable of reading notes from MIDI and Karaoke files, as well as recording MIDI and Karaoke files.

The program is also capable of printing blank staff notation sheets.

The program also supports Music XML format.

System Requirements:

Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP


Maestro Music Software



File Size:

2.96 MB



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I downloaded this halfheartedly, thinking if nothing else I'd use it to print out blank staff paper. I never suspected I'd find it so addicting! Great product for songwriters! :D

Reply   |   Comment by LeiLani  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Still working great for me.
The only thing that makes me grin is that you can save the compostion as a PDF, JPEG, or anything like that. I just want to be able to email it to others so they can open it up easily and print it without having to download and install a program to view the files.

Reply   |   Comment by Lifeiscruel  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I play music, but have never been able to read it. This sems an excellent program, if a little difficult to get used to. Some of this may be my lack of understanding of music notation but I always seem to be getting notes jumping in to the next bar. I have tried Finale Notebook as well and I don't have this problem there. Finale Notebook however is much more limited than this offering and I shall keep on going umtil I have sussed it!

Reply   |   Comment by David Loring  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Excuse me - downloaded it 4/14, THE DAY IT WAS OFFERED! Still a nonfunctional piece of crap!

Reply   |   Comment by Art  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded the program yesterday. Tried to install it today and it won't let me register it. Totally nonfunctional piece of crap.

Reply   |   Comment by Art  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ok. i use sebalius. its mutch better. stiil i would giv this a 3/5 though

Reply   |   Comment by bryce  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those still looking for an activation key: There was none. This giveaway was activated without a serial. If it's says: "Licensed to Giveawayoftheday" in the Help - About, then it's OK.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Help. Never could get the activation key.

Reply   |   Comment by Al Hamann  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

We don't get to see or handle the serial number because if we did then we could re-install it at any time on any machine in the future.

The Activate.exe simply obtains a key from the GAOTD server and decrypts the embeded activation data in the Activate.exe and applies the registration hash or other form data to the registry. The program see's that data and knows the hash method to check it to confirm the registration.

Other giveaways where a key and reg name are given out, the entire giveaways installer is encrypted in the SETUP.EXE so will only decrypt and install on the day of the giveaway if the built in activate module can retrieve the key from the GAOTD servers.

This giveaway's problem is that it's GUI to register and buy are not conditional, they remain after the product is bought and registered, and the only visual indication of the state is the one line in the Help | About menu screen.

I personaly have installed this on both Windowss 98 and Windows XP Pro on this laptop and under windows 98 it fails with a page fault:
"MAGICSCORE5 caused an invalid page fault in
module at 0000:0125a56a.
EAX=ffff0000 CS=016f EIP=0125a56a EFLGS=00010287
EBX=00000000 SS=0177 ESP=4a004307 EBP=00aff998
ECX=00000000 DS=0177 ESI=00aff918 FS=45e7
EDX=0000007c ES=0177 EDI=00affc78 GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:
00 00 78 25 36 01 b0 c6 35 01 b0 c7 35 01 00 00
Stack dump:"

Same hardware and sonf files under XP Pro SP2 work fine.

I may install it on another windows 98 machine I have here when I have some free time and see if that crashes too or not.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does anyone have the activation key that they could we could enter into this program.? I would really love to have this program.
It would be great if someone could share the numbers

Reply   |   Comment by Anne Pensini  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't know if this is installed right or not...
clicking Help and then About it says 'licensed to Giveawayoftheday', but clicking Help and the Registration it doesn't show a serial number...
Is this ok? Or messed up? (rats, too late now anyway...)

Reply   |   Comment by connfused  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I was very interested in this program, but I couldnt get an activation key. When I look at the program it is asking me to buy???? I uninstalled and tried once more but still no luck.... my loss I guess
thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Anne Pensini  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed as described in "readme" file, and it works like a charm.
A bit unusual to run the activation before install the software :)

Nice layout, not tested all functions yet, but so far so good. Not bad for software as low priced as this one. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by GJ  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm very happy to have it, and the price can't be beat, but since I have spent hundreds of hours mucking about with exactly this sort of program, excuse me if I examine the gift horse's teeth in detail a little:

(1) What is happening in the MIDI playback at measure 92 and 103-104 of the second movement of the Moonlight Sonata, where cresc. seems to mean "mute"?

(2) Since the whole shebang can be worked in German or Italian (I presume), why not name the key signatures in English? If little Johnny is really learning music notation from this program, as its name seems to imply, knowing that "H moll" means B minor is rather an advanced topic, isn't it?

(3) It is nice to have ALL the C-clefs, but dragging and dropping any clef seems to work right only about half the time, and about one time in ten there is trouble with plain notes and rests as well.

(4) At times [Delete] does not remove the note or rest, it just seems to replace it with an undeletable emptiness with those little red marks at the four corners.


Critic #95 knows what it is for and likes it. The great drawback of Finale Notepad for me is that one cannot create a plain MIDI file. #27 knows what he wants and despises this thing. Oh well.

A number of people seem to think the installation is tricky but the program itself transparent and user-friendly when they finally get to it, exactly the opposite of my case. Let's face it, music notation is complicated and all the programs I have fooled with would work much better if I was an octopus to handle dotted-quarter note followed by sharp sicteenth note tied to thirty-second note &c. &c. It's not really the programmers' fault that so many parameters vary all at once even in a single voice. However, it would be very nice if you could edit the partial mistake you just made, say from a context menu on the right mouse button, instead of having to erase and start over. (Am I an idiot and it's there but I didn't notice?)

Perhaps few will care, but myself, I am interested in reading in existing MIDI files and fiddling with them on the basis of traditional notation rather than the sequencer kind of thing. You can do it with this product, but it seems not to know tricks like revising all the accidentals when you tell it the work is not actually in C Major. The crucial word "enharmonic" does not seem to occur in the help file. (This again is a question of adjusting what is already there rather than beginning from scratch.)

Printing things pretty is not so important to me, but in general the program does very nicely. In particular, though, I was not too happy to see that page number turn up in between two staves....

In ninety minutes or so, I put in the first nine measures of BWV 620, Christus, der uns selig macht, from the Orgelbüchlein with all the durations and pitches right, I think, although some of the beaming and the accidentals as written I'm not so sure about. Ten minutes a measure for copying out a strict four-voice composition may sound pretty dreadful, but the learning curve was not impossibly steep, in my judgment. On the other hand, maybe it is not an accident that that Moonlight Sonata example, which starts out very fancy indeed, breaks off after only a slight taste of the final movement?

Many of the approving comments suggest it's a wonderful thing for the kids because it allows them to do X and Y and Z. And so "MagicScore School 5.0" does, it allows X and Y and Z to be done. After you climb up that learning curve, you, too, can do X and Y and Z! And all for free!! Well, yes and no: the financial investment may be $0.00, but unless there is a noteworthy investment of time and energy and attention, probably nothing much will come of it at last.

Regarded as a non-freebie everyday product, perhaps the authors should take that "school" business more seriously and include a tutorial designed to help beginners learn the subject as well as the software. As it is, some of the praisers of this program speak almost as if giving a teenager a free Ferrari and and a rave review of all its features could somehow replace driver education. Or leave the teenagers out, as if they themselves have now been instantly enabled to do anything they like about music notation and MIDI with the greatest of ease, should they ever decide to do it, as they almost certainly won't. Vrooooooooooooom!

They'll learn better than that if they learn at all. Meanwhile, Ats longa, vita brevis and at least there won't be much roadkill problem.

To conclude with a general reflection, notice how different music is from prose, computerwise. Nowadays word processing lets sophomores churn out copy that looks as good as published books, apart from the binding: no more stodgy monospaced typescripts, let alone illegible MSS! But musicians cannot magically by-pass the Gutenberg people like that, when they engage in what I suppose we should call "note processing," they have to do almost everything for themselves that typographers used to do for them. The programmers sincerely try to make note processing as easy as possible, but it turns out that that is not really so very easy, absolutely speaking. Your #27 hastily concludes

"The quality of the output is shocking; the accepted principles of music engraving have evolved to make printed music easy to read, and the programmers here seem to be completely unaware of them. This kind of thing is very hard - and expensive - to get right, and it’s not right here. Uninstall.

(To be so harshly censorious about an innocent freebie? What is this, O Laomedon?)

On the other hand, attempts to make printed or "printed" music easy to write really do tend to look pretty pitiful as compared to what Microsoft WORD has done for all future great American novelists and trilogy-mongers. But then music has always started with performances, has it not, rather than with scores?

Reply   |   Comment by El Chirpo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I activated and installed with the setup file.
But when I tried running it, it doesn't run.
It gives me an error message:
A required DLL file, GDIPLUS.DLL, was not found.

Reply   |   Comment by JT  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm having a hell of a time.. I'm getting the same error every time I click activate.exe. I've been trying for hours (never had an issue before, same connection, firewall, etc):
Activation module failed to connect to giveawayoftheday.com. Software activation is not possible at the moment. Please try again later or check your firewall settings.

Site Seer (#60) says:
If it can’t connect for some reason (busy servers, temporary glitch, firewall or proxy conflict) then it’s programmed to display a message “Activation module failed to connect…”.

(Nice write-up btw!)

Maybe busy servers? Not sure.. have de-activated firewall temporarily, but have the same connection I have used on previous GOTD downloads, so I am a bit stumped. Any help is appreciated ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't have any use for this but I downloaded it just to see if I could. It took about a minute.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I know what the problem is and I have seen it too many times with the other software I have downloaded from this site. The problem is that AFTER registration is completed for the FULLY REGISTERED VERSIONS, there are still LINKS AND MENU options that POINT TO REGISTRATION OPTIONS. AFTER SOFTWARE IS REGISTERED, you need to remove these links OR when the user clicks on these links, a dialog box with the registration info should be displayed. The software I downloaded is INDEED registered to GAOTD but there are still links that indicate that registration is needed. If I click on one of these links, I should get a message that the software is already registered.

Otherwise the only problems I have ever had loading software from your site was when my clock was way off. THANKS for the software!

Reply   |   Comment by StarPilot  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Not sure what you're talking about, #65. If you mean my company or have a problem, then email me in person rather than wasting comment space. Right now I have too many clients that keep me busy to worry about trivial things. But yes, I do hope to add more information soonish. :-) I've designed, published, and hosted dozens of websites too. Glad to see we have similar interests.

Reply   |   Comment by MattB  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've uninstalled and reinstalled and searched for serial number in all the files istalled, to no avail. I rec'd activation popup from GOTD but no serial number for program's registration.

What is the serial number? Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Victoria  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this is the third program from this site i've had trouble registering. where is the serial key to this? it seems very simple to install, it's just not working. i've even uninstalled and re-installed. i really wanted this program. how disappointing!!!

Reply   |   Comment by serene  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

OMG EXACTLY what I needed! I'm getting into music composition, and I was in need of a good piece of music-notation software. THANK YOU SO MUCH GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle Winans  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Agree with #111

Reply   |   Comment by stone  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#111 This software is mainly for music enthusiasts. It is true that those with a great deal of music talent will already have a program like this, but for the rest of us why must you try to put down our desire to use a program for free that we never quite had the money to buy before now?

Reply   |   Comment by Justin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is an off topic suggestion, don't brag about having first comment when the comments before yours haven't appeared yet... has anyone noticed that the actual first comment is always one from someone who didn't brag about getting first comment

Reply   |   Comment by GOTD  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Props for offering this software, I've been trying out Finale Notepad but as freeware, it was a bit limited on features. I had a quick look at this one and it looks like a good solution in the mean time. I look forward to exploring the functions of the program in more detail.

Reply   |   Comment by Leng  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's wonderful to be able to make your own music.
My thanks go out to DG Software and GOTD for making me having a nice Saturday afternoon.

Reply   |   Comment by Cindy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Good software... I love music software... I was looking for something like this... and found it free... Praise God and Thank you GAOTD.

Would be nice to have more music software...
Thank you so much!

Reply   |   Comment by Julale  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't have the serial key and it said that I had properly activated the product? What do I do here?

Reply   |   Comment by jane  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I do wonder if all the people gushing about the software really are just thankful for gotten something free or truly have done a quick test of the software.

Something tells me the former instead of the latter. Most likely 70% will delete the "fantastic" software within a week. 28% within a month. 1% will simple have forgotten that it's filling up their HD.

Let's be honest here people. This scheme is a great way for companies to put their name and (sometimes it seems mostly) older products out there. It's a great way for us all to learn about software that perhaps we didn't realise that was there. However, if all the musicians on here, all those with budding composers and fledgling musical geniuses, all those that needed help with scoring music truly had an deep seeded interest you wouldn't have waited on this hand-out.

Reply   |   Comment by Belgian dude  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks for this great software GOTD. Finally my dream comes true and I can start making music :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Absolutely phenomenal!! When I started using this site, I imagined the best I'd ever get from it would be a useful utility -- this is not only beyond imagining, it is an answer to a long-buried dream! Thank you for a Little Princess awakening! I hear a waltz, and maybe a string quartet or two . . .

Reply   |   Comment by Kathleen  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#65 - An under construction and incomplete website for a web design company? - I was taught this was the first and foremost "faux pas" or cardinal sin of a web design company.

First rule of web design - "if you can't do your own website, why do you think people will trust you can do theres?"

I do believe the website "Websites That Suck" (www.websitesthatsuck.com) state this quite high up the list as well!

Just a tip from someone who has designed, published and hosted dozens :-).

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cheers GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I agree with #36. Great "PS" #67. Thanks giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by That Guy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great program. It's funny because we were just talking about wanted a program like this. Hubby plays guitar and I play piano :)

However, I also had a problem with registration. There are the instructions in the readme file:

" After reception the serial key enter it into the program using the main menu item
"Help" | "Registration".
The License of program not have limit. You will get all minor updates for FREE."

Maybe I'd understand it a little better if I didn't speak English so well (grin). I can't find a serial key anywhere, although it did activate. I just saw the post about how to check for registration, so I will try that next (while hubby is in the other room composing).

Reply   |   Comment by Dawn  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I read the read me file, activated, then installed. The installation was faulty, the program was missing a DLL and wouldn't open. I uninstalled and tried again, but no go.

Reply   |   Comment by Varda  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My daughter plays piano and she will enjoy this. I installed it on her laptop and she will be surprised when she gets home. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Have to say that this is a great software, and I thank you for it. I had no problem in downloading, and completing using your instructions I have a full registered great program. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by Survivor7  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Couple weeks ago, I made a list of programs that we haven't seen and I've asked to see.
Yesterday was a website creation tool. Today is a music notation software. Both are exactly what I asked for on the list.
I'm totally going to continue to use this program since I'm a musician and this is something what I've been here to wait for.

Reply   |   Comment by Lifeiscruel  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh my god. This is sooo good. I feel like Xmas is here. Finally something I really want :D Thank you. I'll love trialling this soft. And the best is, till now it has not crashed (tried other soft before >

Reply   |   Comment by Alba  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Good giveaway GOTD - hope to see MagicScore Maestro 5 available here one day too!

Reply   |   Comment by Ashley  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well - I trie to register - so far I could get registered all programms - but non of the information works for me. I activated the key then setup the programm - as described. I aktivated the key then after set up. I shut down my computer after deinstallation and did all of this over and over agein - but can't get a registration - Can anybody help me on this ???

Reply   |   Comment by Jutta  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice tool for music!!! Definitely a must for Midi artists. 10/10

Reply   |   Comment by Nezard  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wow! What an awesome program! If I ever get the time to get back into music, I'll definitely be playing more with this thing. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Reply   |   Comment by Lindsey  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Same question as #44.I currently use Finale Notepad.Have a feeling that this might do a bit more.

Reply   |   Comment by ARun  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great program. I found it easy to use (I would consider myself a novice musician). You have to understand sheet music in order to use it, obviously. I can't sight read but I can find G on the treble clef. :)

Regarding the registration, after activation and installation the program will say "Buy Me", but only the first time the program is ran. Subsequent runs show the software is fully registered. Maybe GOTD should consider noting this type of behavior in the readme file to avoid future confusion.


Reply   |   Comment by Guy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD! Works great for me and is fun to play with and is teaching me new things about music! This is great for any novice music writer or reader. Much appreciated!

::gets on soap box::
1) If you don't have an actual "comment" then posting things such as "yay first to comment" (when you actually aren't and never will be 10 min after the new giveaway has been posted lol) is such a waste of space in the "comment" section of GOTD so save that "statement" for your friends in a group email instead. Try the software THEN post a legitimate "comment" about it after you tried it out. "Comments" are read to give others a general idea of what others feel about the software given "after they used it".

2)Giveaway of the Day is abbreviated like this: GOTD.

3)GOTD doesn't have to give us anything, so since they are kind enough to do so BE APPRECIATIVE for their attempt to Give Us FREE SOFTWARE. Quote from GOTD "We will pay the software publisher for the Giveaway license...". Is anyone else doing this for you? Is your neighbor "paying" for you so you get something for FREE? Is the richest man in the world bill Gates paying for you? NO. Then remember this about GOTD FREE SOFTWARE also...

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations:

No free technical support
No free upgrades to future versions
Strictly non-commercial usage


If it don't work for you then OH WELL, move on, try it again, accept the fact that maybe its not to be, its an attempt to give you something for FREE, No Guarantees, its life, it happens, its not the end of the world, don't be so greedy and complain because you didn't get something for 20, 30, 40 or more dollars for FREE. Download it in an hour, several hours, if it don't work so what! At least GOTD tried for you when so many out there don't!

::gets off soap box:: whew, someone needs to stick up for GOTD now and then lol

Downloads FREE software "As Is" and with fingers crossed only,

Reply   |   Comment by Buzz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Instal: Easy as usual. No codes, email, etc.
As for the program, It's GREAT!
Yes, it's NOT the Maestro or Classic versions, but it does what it's supposed to: Display midi's and allow you to modify/print them.

As an occasional piano player I can't play a song by ear; but with this baby, I can DL any midi and I Can play it like a transcribed it myself!

If you're a pro, you probably have midi-editing SW that does this, but for the rest of us, this is enough.

1) Would be great if you could condense the channels into 2 staves, ie make a 10 instument song look like a regular piano piece
[If this CAN do this, could someone please post how? THX!]

2) The playback can stutter a bit (compare the output when you playback on a reg midi player). But the actual composition is still accurate

Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by DN  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is kind of cooooooooool ...

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