Sibelius 101: Sibelius Fundamentals I


A comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of Sibelius

Sibelius 101: Sibelius Fundamentals I provides a comprehensive approach for learning the fundamentals of the Sibelius application. New and up-to-date for Sibelius 8.7 software, this is the official courseware offered by the definitive authority on Sibelius. Discover foundation-building themes and ways of working in the software that have never been published until now. Develop a clear understanding of the Sibelius interface, from navigating the ribbon to inputting notes in a variety of ways. Become comfortable with using shortcuts while learning how to create, edit, and print your score quickly and efficiently.

Sibelius 101: Sibelius Fundamentals I is the first of two courses designed to prepare users for the Avid Certified Sibelius 8.7 User exam. The second course, Sibelius 110: Essentials of Sibelius, is available exclusively through Avid Learning Partners. Find an Avid Learning Partner.


  • Covers the new features of Sibelius 8, including the new ribbon interface, and features such as the Timeline panel
  • Includes review/discussion questions for each chapter
  • Provides two exercises, one for simple note input, and a second for new score creation and additional note input practice
  • Helps readers learn the foundational building blocks for working within the software and for “thinking” more like the program
  • A good read for anyone transitioning to the Sibelius 8 ribbon interface from any previous version of Sibelius, regardless of one’s existing knowledge of the software
  • Contains numerous figures and illustrations, allowing the reader to easily identify the focus of each section within each lesson
  • Includes a downloadable example file, so that readers can follow along with step-by-step instructions

System requirements

This book requires Sibelius version 8.7 or Sibelius Ultimate. Avid ebooks can be read on any Android or iOS tablet or mobile device. Please read these download instructions prior to purchase for more information.


Table of contents

  • Lesson 1: Navigating and Understanding the Sibelius Interface
  • Lesson 2: Score Window and Ribbon Overview
  • Lesson 3: A Closer Look at the Interface
  • Lesson 4: Playback Devices
  • Lesson 5: Selection
  • Lesson 6: Creating a New Score and Inputting Score Objects
  • Lesson 7: Note Input Methods
  • Exercise 1: New Score and Note Input Practice #1
  • Lesson 8: Editing Pitches and Rhythms
  • Lesson 9: Inputting Tuplets and Lines
  • Lesson 10: Working with Text Styles
  • Lesson 11: Finishing and Printing Your Score
  • Exercise 2: New Score and Note Input Practice #2
  • Appendix A: Legacy Lines Window

Author bio

Jenny Amaya is an Avid Certified Instructor and Sibelius Master Trainer, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of music industry studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She also owns and operates The Commercial Music Lab, an official Avid Learning Partner and music technology training facility in Riverside, CA. Jenny has been a member of the Sibelius team since 2001, as a freelance product specialist and trainer. She can frequently be found leading clinics at national music education and industry conferences. Her education includes a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Cal State University, Fullerton, a Master of Music degree in commercial music from Cal State University, Los Angeles, and Pro Tools Expert Certification from The Recording Arts Center in San Diego, CA. Jenny has composed music for a variety of ensembles and media, she loves writing and arranging music for wind band, and she has significant professional experience as a copyist, chart preparer, and arranger. When she is not sitting at a computer, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, and she occasionally straps on her accordion for a polka or two.