Free Download: How To Use The Sibelius Ideas Panel

This free guide to using Sibelius’s Ideas panel is the final giveaway in a series of three free guides. If you missed the previous ones, you can find the links below.

The Sibelius Ideas feature is one of the least used, and in fact, most people I meet don’t even know it exists. Available in Sibelius version 5 or later, Ideas allows you to capture, save, tag and reuse melodic and rhythmic snippets of music. It’s a fantastic way for composers and arrangers to organise their musical thoughts and it also provides a great tool for teachers who want to provide compositional building blocks for students to use in larger works. It’s a little like the notational equivalent of a loop library.

This booklet – which is one of the resources in my Sibelius in the Classroom online course – was originally written for teachers planning on using the Ideas feature with their students, but it’s incredibly useful for non-teachers too. Composers and arrangers should think of Ideas as a digital manuscript notepad. The best thing is that you always have a method of saving your ideas quickly and you can access them easily in any score.

You can click on the image below to download the guide. As always, please feel free to share it around with students, colleagues and friends.

Other Free Downloadable Guides

In case you missed the other two free Sibelius guides I shared during November, here they are:

Sibelius Training

If you’re interested in learning more about Sibelius, I offer online courses (Sibelius Beginner, Sibelius Advanced and Sibelius Projects for Students) and face-to-face training sessions in Australia.

How To Use The Sibelius Ideas Panel