New App Scans Sheet Music Straight from Phone to Enhance Musical Practice

A new app has been developed which allows users to quickly scan any score from their phone to aid with music practice. PlayScore 2 makes use of Optical Music Recognition, a system that recognises the specifics of staff notation so that it plays the music back naturally and accurately with dynamics and articulation.

Faculty of Music alumna Annabelle Lee (Lady Margaret Hall, 2012) writes: “Over the last six months, I have been working for PlayScore 2 as its marketing manager to drive the app’s subscriber base. Many thousands of musicians use PlayScore 2 to help them practise – it has had over 150,000 downloads and users in over 170 countries. The app has been used by a variety of musicians such as choirs, vocalists, high school bands, pianists and arrangers. It has been featured by BBC Music Magazine and The Strad, and promoted by Professor George Caird, former Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

With PlayScore 2, you can play any music straight from a photo, an image or a PDF music site like IMSLP. PlayScore 2 can accompany you at home as you sing or play your instrument, and in any key. If you sing in a choir, you can isolate your part on its own or with others in the background. Not only that, PlayScore 2 exports MIDI and MusicXML so that your score can be edited and arranged in DAWs and software like Sibelius, Finale, Dorico and MuseScore.”

Current Oxford Music students and alumni are welcome to contact Anthony Wilkes or Annabelle Lee for more information.