MuseScore 3 is coming soon, and you can check out the Beta pre-release right now!  See for download links.

MuseScore 3 has been a long time in the making, and there are a lot of new features and improvements compared to the previous versions.  For some preliminary documentation, see  Also, check out this video series I am producing to introduce the most significant changes:

Here is a summary of everything you can look forward to in MuseScore 3:

Improved score layout

  • Automatic placement, layout, and spacing means your scores are ready to print with almost no manual adjustments required
  • Generate parts from individual voices so you can combine instruments on a single staff
  • Take control of your layout with manual overrides, above/below placement settings, temporary and cutaway staves, mid-score staff type changes, and more

New notation features

  • Handwritten font for music notation
  • Noteheads with pitch names
  • Automatic system dividers
  • New articulations, expression text, clefs, accidentals, augmentation dots, capo changes, and more

Improved usability features

  • Tours to provide help as needed
  • Timeline and single page view for easier score navigation
  • Score comparison tool to identify differences between versions
  • Timewise insert and delete to provide more editing freedom
  • Search facility to help you find palette elements
  • Improved Style and Inspector tools for control over appearance and behavior of score elements

Improved playback controls

  • Improved Mixer for easier control of instrument sounds
  • Improved Piano Roll for fine control of individual notes
  • Improved Play Panel for faster access to playback controls

One thought on “MuseScore 3 Beta

  1. Thank you Marc

    I found especially the “New Features – Summary” you linked to, very informative

    To anyone else finding this page in December 2018 or later:

    The original MuseScore 3.0 Beta 1 has as of this writing, been superseded by MuseScore 3.0 Beta 2 (called MuseScore 3 Beta Update (December 7, 2018)) on that page. To find the latest releases, Beta or otherwise, see

    To download the latest Beta, see
    this page will always link to the latest Beta download released.

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