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Finale Worksheets and Repertoire



We recently surveyed Finale users who’ve identified themselves as music educators, asking questions about the Worksheets and Repertoire included with Finale 2012.

If you’re not familiar with Worksheets and Repertoire, it’s a collection of customizable music education worksheets, including individual and classroom flash cards, jazz improvisation worksheets, ear-training worksheets, and pieces of repertoire.

Among our goals for the survey was to gather feedback on the worksheets provided with Finale 2012 and to learn what additions or improvements would be useful to music educators in the future.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated; you provided many great comments, insights, and suggestions which will help shape future development. I plan to blog again about the survey results when we can share more about the new worksheets and repertoire the survey inspired.

In the meantime, we did hear from some Finale users who were either unaware that Worksheets and Repertoire existed or who had difficulty finding them. While we’ll work to make these resources more discoverable and accessible in the future, I wanted to share a few related tips that can help today.

If you are interested in looking at one or two files, the easiest way to access Finale’s Worksheets and Repertoire is through Finale’s “File” menu. Simply scroll down and select “Open Worksheets and Repertoire.”

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From here you will be able to browse through the various folders and select a file to open.

While this method works well if you are looking for a file or two, it can be tedious if you want to open several files. In that case, a better solution is to navigate directly to the Worksheet and Repertoire folder. Here’s where you can find it:

Macintosh: Macintosh HD >Library > Application Support > MakeMusic > Finale 2012 > Music Files > Worksheets and Repertoire

Windows: Computer > OSDisk (C:) > Program Files > Finale 2012 > Music Files > Worksheets and Repertoire

If you plan to visit often, you might also create a shortcut on your desktop. This way you can easily access any number of files anytime you want.

If you didn’t receive the survey and would like to participate, feel free to complete it here, or simply share your feedback by clicking on “Comments” below.


Comments

  1. by Mark Adler

    Hi Arnold,

    Thanks for the kind words; I’m glad you have been enjoying the worksheets and repertoire.

    Our intention with the worksheets was not to provide a complete curriculum, but rather provide some ideas as to how to create various types of worksheets and give music educators a good starting point. When I originally created the scale worksheets, I thought about including a series on whole tone scales, but eventually decided that, should a teacher need such a series, it could easily be created by modifying existing scale worksheets.

    I’m always open to suggestions for pieces that would be a good fit for Finale Repertoire, which is what the Form and Analysis section draws its content from.

    For Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, I used Joplin’s original publications as source material. I double-checked with the various versions on IMSLP, there is indeed an A natural at the end of the second beat.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!

  2. by Arnold Friedman

    I never paid much attention to the Worksheets and Repertoire before receiving the survey, but not that I’ve had a quick look, I want to look deeper! Based on my cursory glance, it looks like many basics are well covered, but some things could be better–the choices of repertoire to illustrate phrase forms for example. Under scales, how about diminished and whole tone scales? The repertoire is interesting and well chosen, and the Schenker analysis of Chopin a truly impressive piece of Finale work. I think that the Maple Leaf Rag has an error in bar 18–I don’t remember that A natural on the and of beat 2.

    I hope to have more time for more detailed impressions soon.

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