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I’m asking for suggestions and recommendations from music theory educators who often need to prepare music lesson notes and set tests that will require a lot of staff notation images, for e.g. an interval, a scale or a chord.

[Edit: I’m teaching a new module on basic music theory, and will have to prepare a lot of materials on the recognition of intervals, scales and chord structures of all kind. These include printing lesson notes, exercises and test papers.]

A lot of free programmes like musecore and noteflight makes it mandatory for me to include a time signature which I won’t need when I’m simply trying to illustrate say a 7th chord. And even with the time signature included, to include that image of the chord into my notes or test question, I’ll have to print screen that chord, crop it and manually insert that picture onto my word doc, which is such a pain when you have so many such images you need to deal with!!

[Edit: This “copy-n-paste” method is what I’m using now, but sometimes it’s really time consuming to search all over the internet for the right image of a specific chord or interval I’m trying to illustrate. While I can use pencil and paper to draw, being able to properly “type” and print them out would definitely make the materials look neater.]

Fellow music educators, how do you go about doing this?? Any tips to share??

  • For the specific case of 7th chords, most educators I've seen simply put the sheet in 4/4 and write whole notes. That, or they have a program that can hide the time signature. Have you tried pencil-and-paper? – user45266 May 24 at 4:21
  • pen and paper is a good idea! Or google * images* shows dozens of examples to any subject: copy - paste. – Albrecht Hügli May 24 at 4:52
  • You might hate piracy, but you can just download cracked Sibelius 8 from torrent. Pretty sure it's got all necessary notation symbols. If not, then try to find these symbols as Unicode characters, make image of those, size as you need and erase the background, after which, I believe you can paste them into the score as image objects. But if you would want to save the score in any other format except the current application parent format, you'll have to save it in compressed MusicXML (.mxl) format. – Eugen Eray May 24 at 7:21
  • You may want to contact the moderation team to combine your two accounts. They can do it for you if you'd like. – user45266 May 24 at 19:25
  • Hi Susanna, you can contact the moderators to have your two accounts merged. – Richard May 24 at 19:48