Templates for New Music Scores



    There are two kinds of templates... "Blank music paper" templates are like music paper you might buy in a store: they are laid out with blank staff lines, and they can be printed out for adding handwritten music later.  The other kind of template is a "starter score" for creating new MusEdit scores.  When you use this kind of template to start a new MusEdit score the basic layout (title, composer, and the layout of staff lines) is already done, so it's easy to start entering the music right away.  Plus, by using a template like this your music scores will have a uniform, professional look.

   There are many different kinds of templates available depending on what kind of music you want to write, and how you want your score to look... 

Blank music paper templates:

MusicPaper-Treble_small.png (1002 bytes)

Treble staff

MusicPaper-Keyboard.png (1412 bytes)

Keyboard staff

MusicPaper-GuitarTab.png (1097 bytes)

Guitar Tab

MusicPaper-BanjoTab.png (1167 bytes)

5 String Banjo Tab

MusicPaper-BassTab.png (1167 bytes)

Bass Tab

( These are useful for printing out and then writing music the "old fashioned way" - ie. with a pen or pencil!  You can then transcribe your handwritten music with into MusEdit later if you want. )

Starting templates for MusEdit scores:

Chord, Melody, Lyric


Chord, Melody, Lyric, Keyboard

Chord, Melody, Lyric, Treble/Tab



Guitar and Banjo Tab

Classical Guitar Treble

Treble Lead Sheet, 4 Measures per Line


Transcription - Chord, Treble/Tab

Full rock band:
Chord, Vocal, Lyric, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums

String Quartet

( These are "starter scores" which you can use each time you start a new MusEdit score )


Click on the image of the template you want - this will take you to a page where you can download the actual MusEdit template file.

The templates are all "Read Only", which means as soon as you try to make a change to the template file you will see a reminder that it is "locked" to prevent changes.  This is to make sure you don't add your new music to the original template.  Instead you should make a copy of the template and then add your music to that copy.

MusEdit templates only have the first set of lines to get you started.  When you have filled the first group of lines with music (or one line in the group) hit "Enter" at the end of the line and a new, empty group of lines will appear below the first group.  Keep filling each new group of lines until you've finished the whole score.

Things you might want to change on a template:

Show or don't show line labels

Change the tempo setting at the start of the first line (double-click on the tempo number and enter a new one)

Change the symbol size - if you like to plop symbols with the mouse you might prefer to use large symbols.

Show or don't show note stems on Tab

( To make changes to a template, turn off "Read Only" when the warning appears, make the change, then make it "Read Only" again to prevent accidental changes )

Making your own MusEdit templates...

    It's quite easy to make your own template with MusEdit.  Here's how:

   The easiest way to make your own template is to start with an existing template and simply modify it to suit your needs.  Or, if you want to do one from scratch...

  1. Start a new document via File | New MusEdit File
  2. Set up the page layout you want ( orientation: horizontal or vertical, margins, page numbering style ) via File | Print Options
  3. Enter a sample title, author, and copyright info (you could copy these lines from one of the templates above).  Click in the title line and hit Ctrl+F to change the font to a bigger, bolder one if you want.  Change the font of the author, copyright, and other lines if you want...
       Tip: To enter copyright info, type (c) - this group of characters will become a symbol.
  4. Enter the type of lines you want in your score.  If you want anything more complicated than a simple staff line you will probably want to insert a "line group" via Insert | Line Group.  Tip: if you will have lyrics below a staff it is best to include the lyrics in the line group as a "Text" line.
  5. Adjust the length of the lines via Actions | Set Staff Line Length if you want.
  6. Add bars to the lines if you wish to have pre-spaced measures.
  7. When the score is laid out the way you want, make it "Read Only" and then save it.  By making it Read-Only you protect the template from accidental changes because as soon as you start to add music or text to the template you will get a reminder to do "Save As..." and save the original template under a different name.
  8. You may want to make a consistent template for pages after the first (since the title and author info will only be on the first page).  An easy way to do this is by copying the first page and them simply deleting the top few lines from it to create follow-up pages.  Make the follow-up page "Read-Only" and  save it.




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