- Step 1: export your notation files as MusicXML files.
- Step 2: create a new Book in the new SmartMusic.
- Step 3: upload your MusicXML files into your book.
- Step 4: review each uploaded file.
- Step 5: repeat the process for each movement.
- Step 6: validate the upload step.
- Step 7: review your book.
- Step 8: learn how to edit an uploaded book, and assign titles from it.
In the new SmartMusic, you can import your own content as MusicXML files. Therefore you can use Finale, Sibelius, Musescore, etc... or any notation program that can export as MusicXML.
Step 1: export your notation files as MusicXML files.
You will have to upload one MusicXML file for each Part of your score. Note that Finale has a great feature that allows exporting Linked Parts in a single click (built-in 25.1, or the free additional plugin for earlier versions).
- In Finale v25: simply click File > Export > Linked Parts to MusicXML... and select your destination folder.
- In earlier versions of Finale: after installing the free Dolet plugin, click Plug-ins > MusicXML > Export Linked Parts to MusicXML... and select your destination folder.
- In Musescore: click File > Parts > Select New All > and OK. All of your parts should be visible in tabs. Then click File > Export Parts and select your destination folder.
- In Sibelius: you will have to manually export each part to MusicXML. Open each linked part > click on File > Export > MusicXML > Compressed (*.mxl) and select the same destination folder.
Step 2: create a new Book in the new SmartMusic.
On your Home page, look for the My Recently Uploaded Content deck and click Upload New Content.
The first step of the process is to define the book you want to create. Fill in all of the mandatory information, as well as any additional information you need. You can add several movements to a book (think about creating your own exercise book!), although only one is required.
Once you're done, validate this step by clicking on the next button at the right of the top navigation bar.
Step 3: upload your MusicXML files into your book.
Select the movement for which you want to upload files. In this example, we're starting with the first movement (1. Allegro), then we'll jump to the second one (2. Andante).
There are a couple of options for uploading files. Option 1: click on the Open button > navigate to the folder where you have exported your MusicXML files > and select one or several of these files.
Option 2: drag and drop your MusicXML files from the folder where they have been exported into the dashed area of your browser.
The files all upload automatically.
Step 4: review each uploaded file.
By default, all uploaded parts have a little orange bubble, and display the name of the uploaded file.
You have to click on each file. The new SmartMusic will do its best to detect the instrument:
Note that the bubble turns green. You can edit the name of this part, or even change the instrument of this part, in case the new SmartMusic has made a mistake:
You can delete parts if you have uploaded them by mistake.
Each time you click on a part, the new SmartMusic displays it and you can play it back.
Step 5: repeat the process for each movement.
Step 6: validate the upload step.
Click on the next button at the right of the top navigation bar.
Step 7: review your book.
If some movements do not have any Parts defined, then you will get a warning-- although it does not prevent you from saving the book. You are able to edit it at any time later on.
Your book has been created.
Step 8: learn how to assign an uploaded book:
Click here to learn how to assign a title from an uploaded book.