MuseScore 4: Your New Go-to for Digital Music Making

MuseScore 4, free and open-source digital music notation and composition software, comes with an all-new interface and many new features.

MuseScore is one of the world’s leading free music composition software, featuring an easy-to-use interface and many powerful features. It allows professional and amateur musicians to compose music for various instruments.

In other words, MuseScore’s note mode allows you to produce creative and beautiful musical scores with ease, whether you’re a piano, guitar, violin, or saxophone player.

It has a built-in playback engine and support for importing and exporting various file formats. But best of all, because MuseScore is open-source software, it is free to install on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

MuseScore 4’s release marks a new milestone in the evolution of this widely used music notation software, so let’s see what new features it brings us.

MuseScore 4 Highlights

MuseScore 4
MuseScore 4 Music Notation App

MuseScore 4’s entirely new user interface will pleasantly surprise its users, making it significantly easier to interact with the software. In addition, 400 new icons and the ability to customize colors have been added.

But that’s not all. There’s a new Home tab containing recent scores, plugins, video tutorials, and a revamped, friendlier onboarding process for users who are just starting with the software.

Much of the beam placement code has been rewritten. The length and direction of stems, as well as the positioning of beams, are now controlled by more logical and rigorous rules. On top of that, the new horizontal spacing, slurs, and ties system significantly boost your productivity when notating music.

Improved justification algorithm
Improved justification algorithm, Image Credits: MuseScore

MuseScore 4 enjoys multiple workflow improvements. For example, the Properties panel is now considerably more responsive, easier to use, and packed with helpful options. Additionally, using the brand-new Instruments panel, parts are now easier to find, edit and modify. Moreover, the note entry bar’s capabilities have expanded, and the toolbar is now much easier to customize.

The new Muse Sounds orchestral plugin is another significant new feature in the latest version of this notation software. It is a library of sophisticated plugins that provide realistic playback for MuseScore.

We will not also forget to mention the accessibility improvements made. MuseScore 4 introduces a new keyboard navigation system that adheres to best practices, allowing users to move around the UI quickly. On top of that, the app ships with improved screen reader support and an editable high-contrast mode.

Aside from the changes above, this software release includes hundreds of smaller fixes and optimizations for lyrics, articulation placement, tremolo markings, and general positioning. For more information, you can refer to the official announcement.

Install MuseScore 4 on Linux

MuseScore 4 is available for download from the project’s website as a portable AppImage. Regardless of your Linux distribution, download the AppImage file, then right-click on it to bring up the context menu and make the file executable.

Make the AppImage file executable
Make the AppImage file executable

Finally, double-click on it, and the MuseScore music notation and composition app will start.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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  1. Hi, looks good, just wondering if Musescore 4 will automatically or has a feature that wil create individual parts off of a Score?

  2. You sound like a MS Fanboy! Musescore 4.0.1 for Linux is definitely a disappointment. It lacks many of the features that made Musescore 3.6.2 an excellent choice for Linux users. The Linux version of MU4 does not support VST nor VSTi. It does not recognize Jack nor does it have the capability to run most of the excellent MU plugins that are so useful in 3.6.

    The absolutely only thing that MU4 does better than MU3.6 is that it does produce better print. Other than that, MU4.0 is a complete waste of time for Linux users.

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