Frequently Asked Questions - Main

FAQs - Main

In fact, there are some absolutely fantastic sheet music repositories, including IMSLP, Project Gutenberg, and Mutopia just to name a few.  Most sheet music out there is in PDF format, which is great if all you need is to read it.  Editing, however, poses a big problem as PDF files cannot be imported into notation programs.  Other repositories include a selection of editable notation files, but they may only work with specific programs.  MusicXML solves all these problems and we want to provide an infrastructure to exchange them at no cost.

The beauty of MusicXML is that it is an open format and anyone can include support for it in any program.  As a result, there are dozens if not hundreds of applications that read and write in MusicXML format.  MakeMusic keeps a robust list of applications that support MusicXML.

The best way to contribute is to use your notation program to engrave a public domain score, save it as a MusicXML file and upload it to share.  Our Step by Step: How to Contribute tutorial is a good place to start.

Most current engraving applications support exporting files to MusicXML.  Please refer to instructions from the application developer on how to export files as MusicXML.

Definitely! We can always use an alternate version of a score.

Wikis are incredibly powerful and flexible content managers for websites.  However, overall they can be a bit confusing to many users due to the markup language required.  We chose Joomla! and some 3rd party extensions to hopefully make a simpler way to share MusicXML scores in a manner that most people find intuitive.