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Los Angeles, CA — April 9, 2012 - Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, distributes Sibelius 7: Music Notation Essentials, one of the most thorough introduction texts available to the fundamental operations of the world’s best-selling music notation software, from Course Technology PTR, a division of Cengage Learning.

Geared for the beginner to the seasoned pro, Sibelius 7: Music Notation Essentials provides the essentials to maneuvering Sibelius 7 and lays the foundation for continuing studies at more advanced levels. The instructional resource is built around five hands-on projects, including an introduction to the Sibelius 7 interface and basic editing operations; setting up a score and entering  notes; importing MIDI, MusicXML, lyrics, and more; creating a worksheet; and scoring video. The learning method is tutorial-based, step-by-step, and visually compelling. The projects in the book are fully integrated with the tutorial videos on the accompanying CD, and  include many helpful color screenshots and diagrams.

The companion website has 31 tutorial videos in which the author thoroughly explains every key skill learned in each lesson. In addition, the CD provides all of the resources needed to complete the course in Sibelius, plus five extension projects. A few helpful appendixes are also included, such as elementary music theory, scores  that are required throughout the course, an activity and test sheet, and answers to review and discussion questions. Sibelius 7: Music Notation Essentials is part of the Avid Official Curriculum Learning Series for Sibelius 7 user certification.

Author James Humberstone is a composer and educator focusing on the use of music technology in education. Today, James is busy with residencies all over the world and maintains an active teaching schedule in Sydney, Australia. He was previously Director of Applications and Education at Sibelius Australia, and has trained  thousands of Sibelius users.

Sibelius 7: Music Notation Essentials (54-1133788823) is now available for $49.99 at music retail stores and at alfred.com.

Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music  publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance  materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning  every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic  offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world  including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people  learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active  titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from  methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and  Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce  Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles,  Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50  companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover  Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National  Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

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