Muse Score for mac OS

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Mac OS users, I want to ask: I enginstall muse score on my mac. whether muse score can make the scores? and whether it can be used by the visually impaired?



Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, March 11, 2017

I didn't think it could. I've tried to submit feedback regarding this, hoever that has gone noware and fast.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Sunday, March 12, 2017

if the muse score can not be used to make music notation, what no other applications?

Submitted by Joseph on Sunday, March 12, 2017

I think sarah meant that this application cannot be used by blind/visually-impaired people.

Submitted by Joseph on Monday, March 13, 2017

I don't know of any really accessible ones aside from lillypond. And that, unfortunately, doesn't allow you to hook up a midi controller and put notes in like that. Wish it did.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I have tried Sibelius with nvda. but I can not use the mouse trackpad. nvda can read with good enough. you say Muse score can be used by the user blind, what are you sure you?

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This NVDA tutorial looks amazing. Even if it doesn't work with VO (which would be awesome) it's still great news for those of us who have access to Windows as well.

Question: How well does MuseScore handle auto-formatting of scores? Particular concerns would be ensuring that notes above or below the staff don't overlap with lyrics, dynamics/articulations, and other ledger notes from different staves. A long time ago, before I discovered Lilypond, I was using an older score editor called Lime, but I had to have a sighted person go through every score with a fine-toothed comb because it didn't have very good automation for score formatting. Lilypond seems to handle this beautifully, though, and it's very important for a blind user to have confidence that their score will come out looking legible and professional, without a lot of sighted proofreading. Does anyone have experience with this?

Also, the tutorial doesn't make any specific mention of adding articulations, dynamics, and so on. Is this also accessible via the keyboard? If I want to make a note staccato, or stick a fermata on it, or decide where dynamic marks or hairpins begin and end, can I do that as well?

Needless to say, the has me very excited, because as much as I love people's responses to the scores Lilypond produces, I've been dying for a better input method.

Submitted by Thomas Bonte on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In reply to by Joseph Westhouse

Hi Joseph, the next major MuseScore release will come with Smart Layout making beautiful scores much faster. Read all about it at

As for the shortcuts, a lot can be done already through the default shortcuts:
But you can also customise them via the preferences:
That said, not all elements from the palette are exposed to the shortcut preferences, so that's another focus point for MuseScore 3.

Finally, we strive to make it possible to able to export and share shortcut layouts, as well as other workspace settings and styles. This way one only needs to do the setup once and share the result with others.

What is also interesting to read is

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I can't wait to test this with VO. I love lilypond but I don't have time to always sing the note I want and make sure it matches with what is in my head. I can't go that high. Lol! I don't have much time to test with voiceover right now, but being that I do arrange a lot of choral music, I want to get that published one day, I would love an easier solution that won't cause me to pull my hair out, or what little I have left.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I can say this much.. Muse score is coded using QT which is not known for accessibility, In fact it's a bare to use programs coded with QT. And no I'm not talking about quick time. Why can't developers use swift or coco as those have accessibility hooks. You cannot enter the number of measures and the time signature thing is very hard to use. After score creation I cant' see the score, that is, voiceover does not tell me the staves I'm on. In this case I'm working with SATB and piano. I normally write the piano line first then work on the choral parts later. I hope this gets better as this does show some promise.

Submitted by Thomas Bonte on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hi KE7ZUM, MuseScore is indeed build on Qt. So we stand on their shoulders for accessibility.

As for the NVDA tutorials, how much of those tutorials work for VO as well? Would you have some general advice on things we can improve, or fix low hanging fruit?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The time signature stepper doesn't read at all, I hard incrementing and decrementing, but I can't see any of the stuff I'm increasing and decreasing. Also the same goes with the number of measures in a piece. I can't see how many I put in when moving the slider. I'll take a look at the nvda stuff and see what I can m come up with later on.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The time signature stepper is totally broken. I can't read a thing to know what my top number will be.. The same applies to the measure section. I would go over the NVDA tutorials but this screenshot hopefully shows a blank html area with safari when I click the link The same is with the other NVDA tutorial link. Maybe I broke something, I'll try again later.

Submitted by Paul Martin on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

remember that I'm no way a moderator or anything like that, but I must say NVDA and Windows in general is quite out of the scope of this Forum's intent. While Bootcamp can be used to get NVDA going to use this software, it's more hoops than many may be able to jump through.
Back on topic, I'd be most interested in having Voiceover support on this, as I'd fancy a return to music composition.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Sunday, March 26, 2017

apologize in advance, I can not speak English. I use google translate. the muse score it, how to make 8note, wolf note, and the aQuater note with kyi board shortCut?

Submitted by dharmaputra on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

@mister thomas, I have opened the URL you provide. and I found a short cut for Mac OS users. whether it can support the Voice Over?

Submitted by Ramy on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hello all:
THe only thing that makes me use the VMware on my mac is the Sibelius software, as there is no other choice on mac for us.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, March 30, 2017

I personally cannot get note entry to work with voiceover. I've switched to symphony for iOs for now, if I can figure out how to do 5 notes to the quarter that would be nice, but I'll post that question in the symphony topic.

@KE7ZUM @dharmaputra Thank you both for testing and for your feedback. We'll take that with us when implementing VoiceOver support in MuseScore 3. Once we have a test version ready, we'll come back to this thread. It will take some months though so we are asking some patience as MuseScore 3 is currently under heavy development.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Thursday, March 30, 2017

I will wait for further development. I would like to express my gratitude.

Submitted by Ramy on Thursday, March 30, 2017

I hope it will be ready soon.

Hello Thomas,
can you say something about new version musescore with support VoiceOver In Mac OS?
V3.0 is testing already?
You have anything new information?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, May 26, 2018

I know that they did a lot of work wiht nvda and 3.0 ini fact the article is out of date. I'm hoping that they also made the key dialogue accessible and the mote editor as well. I really want to get this piece written and sung, not by me though. But at leas twritten and published.

Submitted by Patryk M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mey be some of you have any impressions about accessibility latest versions with Voiceover? Something was change for us?

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Monday, June 22, 2020

Last time I tried that software, I didn't really like it that much... that was about two years ago... I wonder how improved the software is.