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Avid Software Sibelius 7 Academic Student

by Avid Software
Windows 7, Mac OS X
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 4 answered questions

Price: $299.00
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Avid Academic Eligibility Criteria
This software is for use by students meeting the eligibility criteria. View the PDF with additional policy details here.
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Product Features

  • Includes four years of complimentary upgrades for students, so you can stay fully up-to-date through your studies
  • Fully 64-bit native application, including an exclusive 35GB professional-quality sample library
  • Brand new task-orientated user interface that makes learning and using the software faster and easier than ever
  • Share files with other music applications easily with full MusicXML interchange
  • Produce professional-quality results with revamped typography and graphics import/export features

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Avid Software Sibelius 7 Academic Student + Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials (Avid Learning Series) + Essential Dictionary of Music Notation: The Most Practical and Concise Source for Music Notation (The Essential Dictionary Series)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005FV8RV8
  • Item model number: 9910-65078-00
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Product Description

The latest generation of the world's best-selling music notation software, Avid Sibelius 7 is sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students. Work quickly with the brand-new, task-oriented user interface. Experience your scores in stunning clarity with the exclusive, professional-quality sound library. Collaborate more easily thanks to full MusicXML interchange support and other sharing options. And view beautiful, print-quality scores with advanced typography and graphics support. Designed by musicians for musicians, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music. You can even take your scores on the go with the Avid Scorch app for iPad. Avid Academic Institution, Academic Individual, and Student versions are for use by students, faculty, teachers, and administrators. One must obtain a serial number by submitting proof of eligibility for this program to Avid.

From the Manufacturer

Sibelius 7 - Student Edition

The college student’s choice for the fastest, smartest easiest way to write music*

The latest generation of the world’s best-selling music notation software, Avid Sibelius 7 combines the sophistication demanded by top composers, arrangers, and publishers with a simplicity that’s ideal for students.

With a host of new interface, sound library, and publishing features, it’s the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music.

* Available only to post-secondary students.

Amazon Education Pricing
+ up to 4 years of free upgrades for students


  • New task-oriented interface streamlines music composition
  • Professional-quality 38 GB sound library
  • Native 64-bit support speeds up workflows
  • Optimized for single monitors—ideal for classrooms and laptops
  • Advanced typography and graphics tools for easier music publishing
  • Full MusicXML interchange support and sharing options enable better collaboration
New task-oriented user interfaceNew task-oriented user interface
  • Easy-to-use tabs lead you through the process of creating a score from start to finish
  • Every feature has an icon and text description—no more searching through submenus for common tasks
  • Full contextual help when you need it
Professional sound libraryProfessional sound library
  • You get more than 38 GB of content, only in Sibelius
  • Includes a specially recorded symphony orchestra, rock and pop instruments, and hand-selected sounds from sample providers
  • Hear every nuance of your music with ultra-realistic playback
Powerful 64-bit performance Powerful 64-bit performance
  • Unleash the full composing potential, power, and speed of 64-bit systems
  • Load and work more quickly with more virtual instruments and effects than ever before
  • Also supports 32-bit computers
Plays well with othersPlays well with others
  • High-quality MusicXML export delivers superior results to existing third-party plug-ins—at no extra cost
  • Easily share files with Finale users and hundreds of other music programs
  • Transition from Finale easily—input your notes virtually the same way in Sibelius 7
Advanced typography and graphicsAdvanced typography and graphics
  • Easily create and publish professional-quality scores
  • Take advantage of the latest OpenType fonts and use them in text frames with full desktop publishing (DTP) capabilities
  • Create faster—no need to export projects to a separate DTP application
  • Import graphics, build complex layouts, and export publication-quality scores in popular formats like PDF
Your workspace, your wayYour workspace, your way
  • User interface is optimized for laptops and other single display systems
  • Full-screen mode devotes maximum screen area to your music
  • Easily hide distracting information you only need to see occasionally
Avid educator supportAvid student support
  • Day or night, you can get the support you need at Sibelius.com
  • Search for answers or ask questions in the Sibelius forums
  • Discover practical tips, tutorials, and inspiring stories in the Sibelius Blog
  • Keep your skills up to date with up to four years of complimentary upgrades for students
 We Are AVID

We're Avid

From the most prestigious, award-winning productions, to music and movies made at home, Avid creates the technology that people use to make the most listening to, most watched, and most loved media in the world. The shows, commercials, and news programs you watch on TV. The entertaining video and film stories you see on the web and on the big screen. The music you hear in chart-topping recordings and live at concerts and other performance events. Our innovative digital audio and video solutions continue to revolutionize the art of creative storytelling, and have earned us hundreds of awards, including two Oscar statuettes, a Grammy, and 14 Emmys.


System requirements for Sibelius 7
Academic Student Software

Sibelius software only
  • Computer: Mac or PC
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only), Windows Vista (SP2 with Platform Update Pack or later), or Windows 7 (SP1 or later)
  • 1 GB+ RAM
  • 750 MB hard disk space
  • DVD-ROM drive
Recommended for the Sibelius 7 Sounds sample library*
  • Computer: Mac or PC
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent) or better
  • 4 GB+ total physical RAM
  • 40 GB total hard disk space (7200 rpm or faster drive recommended; SSD preferable)
  • ASIO-compatible soundcard (PC)

* You can use Sibelius 7 Sounds if your computer doesn't meet the recommended requirements, but you may find that you cannot use as many sounds simultaneously, and that sounds take a long time to load.

Sibelius 7

What's included with Sibelius 7
Academic Student Software

  • Sibelius 7 software
  • PhotoScore Lite 7
  • AudioScore Lite 7
  • ReWire 1.7
  • Sibelius 7 Sounds
  • Scorch
  • Sibelius 7 Quick Start Guide

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius 7=Awesome January 22, 2012
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Sibelius arrived about 3 days before it was originally scheduled (I had ordered it previously on journeyed.com but they had me waiting for a over a month [DO NO BUY FROM JOURNEY!!! it is about $60 more expensive and they are extremely unhelpful]).

Sibelius is so easy to use and the tutorial videos make it easier. It takes a while to remember where certain panels are; after about 3 days it was easy. The one "bad" thing, if it even counts as a negative, is that the entire program is about 50gigabytes. It's somewhat of a majestic file if you used the new musical sound library, but well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about the academic discount version July 8, 2013
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Don't be fooled into thinking you can circumvent proving educational eligibility just because you can buy the academic version on Amazon*: you'll still have to prove you are eligible. I took a webcam photo of me holding up my staff ID and was able to register the software within an hour (you still get 30 days to do this upon your first run of the program).

* I highly recommend getting the software from here instead of Avid because it, like just about everything else is inexplicably $50 cheaper.

Also, get the disks; it's a monster download.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than finale January 17, 2013
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It is very easy to transition from finale to Sibelius. This program is put together much better and is much more user friendly.
Just get, it's worth it.
Higher quality, professional look, user friendly, and more reliable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great features but difficult to use with Windows June 20, 2012
This product is fantastic in terms of features and functionality. It supports templates (e.g. chamber, jazz, etc.), layers (sop, alto, ten, bass), annotations, symbols, recording from midi devices, and the list goes on and on. You can pretty much create professional-grade sheet music with this software and send it straight to the printer for publication. One of the cool features I love about it is that I can connect my keyboard with a midi-USB to my computer and record in live mode or one note at a time. Using this technique, I was able to generate so many scores so easily. In short, if you are a pro, looking for advanced scoring or composition, consider this.

The only reason I am not giving this product five stars is because, I find the interaction a bit difficult on Windows. For instance, Windows innately allows selection using the mouse-press, drag, and release. This works differently in Sibelius. Also, simply clicking on the score often does not result in the desired outcomes - for instance, if your score requires 8ths, quarters, and dotted notes, you will have to get used to using the panel before you get this to work correctly, otherwise, every click results in an extra note being added...in fact, despite several months of experience, I still make this mistake. Another peeve of mine is that the notes panel offers a very limited array of notes and symbols. It contains many guitar-based symbols, but basic symbols, such as the slur, are not present. One has to look for them in a different menu for these symbols.

In the end, I strongly recommend this product since it features all essential capabilities for composition. I would however factor in the learning curve, especially if you are a Windows user. If Avid addresses some of these usage issues on Windows, I would gladly give it 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Sibelius is a great product, but the process of proving eligibility for the academic version is very exacting, and you can easily lose the ability to authorize. Make sure you know ahead of time what is required.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing! June 30, 2012
By jprw92
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I ordered Sibelius mainly for the purpose of arranging music for my acapella group, and I couldn't be happier with it! Once you get the hang of the keystrokes and the layout, notating your music goes so quickly, and it's a HUGE help. I've only had it for about two months and I can't get enough of it! Once I start a project, I just don't want to stop. I really love using it, it's very user friendly (coming from someone who is experienced with music but not a great computer expert). I highly recommend it. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing software, just make sure you've got RAM! December 31, 2014
By Morgan
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Love, love, love Sibellius 7. And for half the price as a student? Don't wait til it costs full price after college. If you like composing music, you won't be sorry you tried Sibellius. It's relatively easy to pick up and learn, if you read the shortcuts and have a basic knowledge of music. Great investment.

Just make sure you have enough RAM on your computer if you want it to run smoothly and not skip during playback. I have a Macbook Pro '11, and it only had the standard 4GB RAM. I could compose and playback more simple songs without problem, though loading took awhile. Then my friend sent me a symphonic piece, and I had to download it to iTunes so I could listen to it because my laptop wasn't fast enough to listen to the megafile without skipping. However, I upgraded to 16GB RAM and it's fine now.
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By Shmitty
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This worked great and was exactly what I needed to keep up with class. The software was great, thank you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
Words cannot describe how much I love Sibelius, it is perfect. The interface is so user friendly! It is way better than Finale if you ask me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ethan Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope it gets updated
I really like Sibelius, much more than Finale. I hope there IS an update since the student license gives me free updates for two years.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive and ease of transition from other programs makes this a...
To say its product is intuitive for the musician is an understatement.

The ease of transition from Finale (an old favorite) to Sibelius makes this program well worth the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars A requirement for college!
Daughter was required to have this for her college class. She loves this program and is doing very well in the class because we purchased this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mikylooloo
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy new user
While I had to upgrade from the student version to the professional version I found the software to be easy to learn and quite full-featured. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
My teens are using this program and they love how easy it is to use. Making music made easy and fun!
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
It is not better than Sibelius 6 by a long shot. It comes with sounds that are quite inferior to its predecessor. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars My son has never been so thrilled with anything!
I bought this for my 16 year old, musically gifted son. He loves it! It's pretty much all he does now that school is out for the summer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mom of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius 7 Academic Student
Using this software is great for Musicians who compose music. I would highly recommend this software to any student doing composition projects.
Published 24 months ago by Anthony Grainger
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