An Easy Guide to Music Notation - Third Edition

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Berklee Textbook
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.99
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 10.88
  • ISBN: 0-87639-123-4
  • SKU: 50449638
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2012

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“This book excels at teaching Finale in an easy-to-understand, sequential manner. Rudolph and Leonard have loads of experience. Beginners and seasoned Finale users will benefit from what these two teach.”

—Tom Johnson, Finale Product Specialist, MakeMusic!, Inc.

“This book presents a comprehensive, easy-to-follow tutorial and reference that is sure to help either the novice or advanced user get the most out of Finale.”

—Sam Reese, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Illinois, Co-Author of Strategies for Teaching: Technology

“Vince Leonard is one of the most knowledgeable music educators I know. Beginning and advanced Finale users alike will benefit greatly from his vast knowledge.”

—Peter Nero, Conductor, Arranger, Composer, and Master Pianist

“As a trainer of music educators, I have used the first edition to teach beginners and advanced users. This new release is filled with tips and hints that will help everyone improve their use of earlier Finale versions and the additional features added in the 2005 version. Educators will find numerous ideas on integrating notation software into their teaching.”

—Mike Moniz,

“Easily the most comprehensive book on the most comprehensive piece of music software I’ve ever seen!”

—Marc Dicciani, Director, School of Music, The University of the Arts; Drummer, Educator, Author, Composer


Vincent A. Leonard, Jr.

Vincent A. Leonard, Jr. is the co-author of Recording in the Digital World, and Finale: An Easy Guide to Music…

Thomas E. Rudolph

Thomas E. Rudolph, Ed. D. is an adjunct instructor for Berklee’s online school. He has authored three online courses for…