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Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition

Posted by StringOvation Team on Jan 31, 2017

Budding musicians know that composition is an important element to learn. And fortunately for students these days, developing your own unique works is easier than ever. For people who grew up before the digital age, composition required a bunch of blank, staff-ruled paper and lots of handwriting, not to mention frequent hair-pulling, while wondering how your scores would sound with a full complement of instruments performing it. However, advances in technology have made music creation much easier and faster for students and composers. So, there’s no longer any need to avoid this part of your music education like the plague.

In fact, there are some really great composition software programs out there today; but since you can’t always have access to your computer, many new apps for music composition have been developed. These tools make it simple to create new musical scores anytime and anywhere, whether you’re waiting in line or relaxing at home.


This incredible software is designed to be used by your smartphone, computer, or tablet and offers integrative options for music composition. Technically, it’s more of a software program rather than an app, but it runs great on any of your mobile devices (iPhone or Android). The notation editor is simple to operate and easy to learn, and the features allow you to write, play, and share your compositions with its worldwide community. Plus, you can view other works from composers on the site and learn from their examples. Although it also offers paid upgrades, anyone can use this free (and excellent) software to develop new music scores.

ScoreCleaner Notes

This innovative music notation software offers composers a unique way to create music. Recently developed by Sven Emtell and Sven Ahlbäck, anyone with a smart phone can write and share their compositions with this amazing tool, and send it to anyone online, either using email or by posting on social media sites.

With the unique, ground-breaking app ScoreCloud Express, you don’t have to necessarily know how to write music notation, you just need to be able to play or hum the music that you want to write. It records the sounds you create, and then accurately translates them into the correct pitch and note values, creating your written work instantly. The music composition app, ScoreCloud Express can be downloaded to your iPhone or iPad. Since it only requires some kind of sound to operate, even beginner musicians can hone their compositions skills using this incredible new writing tool.

Musical Note Pad Free

This Android app is free to install and offers aspiring composers a fast way to write simple music scores on their smartphones. In addition to writing your work, this music composition app allows you to hear your results immediately, playing them back for you in one of over 128 MIDI instruments the app includes. Another benefit of this app is that it allows you to zoom the screen out, for improved viewing, and the touch screen features make it easy to adjust, write, and correct your notation. This app is free to download on your Android device.

Ensemble Composer

This is another free Android app that makes music composition easier for beginners. With simplified “undo” options, you can explore a number of alterations to your score very quickly. This effective app allows you to hear your compositions with up to 15 MIDI instruments simultaneously in its playback feature and has simplified options for a stress-free way to save your scores for future editing. This free app for music composition is a great start for beginners.

Symphony Pro

This new iPad app combines all the features you need to create original compositions and is becoming very popular with composers. Although it costs $9.99 to download, it gives you the option to start from scratch or import a MIDI, ABC, or Symphony file so that you can edit them in the app. Instead of inserting just basic notations you have access to every kind of symbol you need including, dynamics, tempo changes, repeats, and much more. The playback feature allows you to hear your creations immediately, and this music composition app ranks high with users.

Developing original music requires exploration and practice. These music composition apps provide both of those outlets. They give you the power to practice and create new scores anywhere, and they offer an easy way to explore new melodies, rhythms, and harmonies. Learning to make your own music is easier now than it’s ever been. Try out a few of these apps to get started yourself.

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