SWA Masterclass Sibelius Ultimate

In this Sibelius Ultimate video tutorial, we’ll explore techniques to streamline your workflow and demystify the process of getting your musical ideas onto the page and out the door, quickly, clearly, and efficiently.

By John Hinchey

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23 Videos 7:14:23
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We will take a look at:

  • Input and editing of the core musical elements: notes, articulations, dynamics, text, lyrics, chord symbols, etc.
  • Score and part layout, how to get your chart looking great to enable your musicians and singers to give you focused rehearsals and their best performance
  • Creating parts for rhythm (slashes and chords), piano/keyboards (grand staff), guitar (with chord symbols and/or chord diagrams), bass, drum set, vocals (leads, BGVs, and choir), horn parts (including doubling)
  • How to use the House styles and Manuscript papers features to speed up workflow
  • Using built-in features and free plug-ins to speed up note entry as well as score and part layout
  • How to export audio tracks of your arrangement for reference and rehearsal
  • How to export your finished charts on paper or as PDFs

Also included in this course are Sibelius|Ultimate files so you can follow along and get your arrangements up and running quickly.


  • Welcome
  • Course outline

Sibelius Interface

  • Quick Start Window
  • Tour of the interface
  • The Ribbon
  • File Menu
  • Parts Window
  • Keypad

Sibelius Centric

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Key tips
  • Panorama
  • Staff passage vs System passage
  • Opt click
  • Object and staff selection
  • Filtering
  • Duplicate
  • Keypad toggle
  • Right click menu
  • Multiple copy and paste
  • Plug-ins

Keyboard shortcuts and plug-ins

  • Default Keyboard shortcuts
  • Custom Keyboard shortcuts
  • Default plug-ins
  • Installing plug-ins

Audio and Mixer

  • Play tab
  • Setting up audio configuration
  • Playback devices
  • Tour of the mixer
  • Performance controls

Note Input

  • Point and click
  • Computer keyboard
  • MIDI keyboard
  • Flextime (real time)
  • MIDI file import
  • MusicXML import
  • Tuplet input
  • Re-input pitches
  • Transpose
  • Working with the four staff voices
  • Cross Staff Beaming


  • Clefs
  • Time Signatures
  • Key Signatures
  • Barlines
  • Lines
  • Symbols
  • Noteheads
  • Brackets and Braces
  • Beaming
  • Graphics


  • Dotted notes
  • Layout 1 Common notes
  • Layout 2 More notes
  • Layout 3 Beams and tremolos
  • Layout 4 Articulations
  • Layout 5 Jazz articulations
  • Layout 6 Accidentals
  • Finale style keypad


  • Editing text styles and fonts
  • System text
  • Blank Page text
  • Staff text
  • Expressions (dynamics)
  • Lyrics
  • Chord symbols
  • Chord fonts
  • Wildcards


  • Document setup
  • Staff spacing
  • Auto Breaks
  • Multirests
  • Page layout
  • Page numbers
  • Rehearsal marks
  • Instrument names
  • Bar numbers
  • Part appearance
  • Copy part layout
  • Headers and footers


  • Lead Sheet
  • Chord Chart
  • Master rhythm chart
  • Drum set chart
  • Horn charts
  • Guitar chart
  • Bass chart
  • Keyboard chart
  • Vocal charts
  • Score
  • Score layout
  • SATB score

Audio Export and Printing

  • Mixer settings for export
  • Horn falls playback
  • Inspector panel
  • Change instrument sounds
  • Hiding staves for playback
  • Audio export options
  • Exporting PDFs of score and parts
  • Printing score and parts

Wrap up

  • Top Ten Sibelius tips
  • Cindy Ng
    1 year ago

    SWA Masterclass Sibelius Ultimate Review

    I have purchased the Sibelius Ultimate video tutorial from Streamworks audio.com website recently and would like to thank
    Mr John Hinchey for creating this clear and informative illustration on the software.
    Thanks to the support group person in charge Christopher Hawkins for being helpful and prompt in his response to my queries on the product.
    Looking forward to some more of these educational tutorials in future.