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by Marc Sabatella

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder of Outside Shore Music - a pioneer of online music education since the dawn of the web. As the creator of Mastering MuseScore, A Jazz Improvisation Primer, and other resources, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can. Subscribe to my free newsletter for MuseScore tips, theory insights, and more information on how to create your best music!

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Planning and wrapping up

Hello! This week marks the official conclusion of the Practical Counterpoint course. Thanks to everyone who has taken part in this journey! On Thursday, we will be checking out the completed fugues (and works-in-progress) in Music Master Class and otherwise celebrating all we have accomplished, so I hope you can join us - and remember, these sessions are open to everyone.I will share more information shortly on what's next for the Musicianship Workshop (an exclusive benefit of Gold-level...

about 18 hours ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week I will be away from my regular studio for at least part of the time, but there should be no interruption to my regular live events.In Practical Counterpoint, we are beginning the process creating our own fugues! If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out the first part of the project, Subject and answer. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software, join our community with a Mastering MuseScore...

8 days ago • 2 min read

Hello, and Welcome to June! This week will mark the first Wednesday of the month, so be sure not to miss the "ask me anything" session of the MuseScore Café.In Practical Counterpoint, we are beginning the final section of the course, working on the Baroque fugue. Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking what we've learned so far and putting them into practice in new ways. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software,...

15 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week I am back in my regular studio and looking forward to a smooth experience for my live events.In Practical Counterpoint, we wrapping up on the Renaissance motet and should have some completed pieces to check out for this week’s Music Master Class. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software, join our community with a Mastering MuseScore membership for the most comprehensive training & expert support...

22 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! This week I am on the road, but my live events will still be their regular schedule - just using my "mobile" setup.In Practical Counterpoint, we are continuing our work on Renaissance forms and language by beginning the process of creating our own motets. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software, join our community with a Mastering MuseScore membership for the most comprehensive training & expert support...

29 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! Thanks to those of you who informed me of an issue with some of the links in last week's newsletter. A couple of those links were still using my old site domain name masteringmusescore.com instead of outsideshore.com, and while I had originally set things up so the old addresses would forward to the new ones, this actually broke last week. I have since fixed this, both so the links in the newsletter go to the new site, and so links to the old site forward automatically again. At least...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week we should see an update to MuseScore - now being rebranded as MuseScore Studio to help differentiate the notation software from the website and mobile apps. MuseScore Studio 4.3 adds a few interesting features and fixes many bugs, and I will be highlighting this release in the MuseScore Café. BTW, the mobile apps also just got an update, finally (!) supporting MuseScore 4 files.I’m also launching a second Office Hours session at a somewhat later time, to try to accommodate...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hello! Thanks for all the great discussion in last week's MuseScore Café about ideas for building a high-quality score library. I'm still not exactly sure how we will proceed but stay tuned for more on this topic, as there definitely seems to be interest in the topic! This week in Practical Counterpoint, we continue our work on imitation. Music Master Class will feature some really interesting short "inventions" created by students in the course! Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello, hello! This week in Practical Counterpoint, we begin the section on imitation, so you can look forward to hearing much about that. This week I also am starting the ball rolling towards crowd-sourcing a library of high-quality scores in MuseScore format. We'll discuss this during Wednesday's MuseScore Café, and hopefully return to the subject in the weeks ahead. My goal is to eventually have a reliable way of finding the "best" MuseScore editions of any given piece for further study....

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello! Thanks for bearing with me over the past week as I was setting up my new studio. While I still have work to do, we should be back to business as usual with respect to my live events.Meanwhile, this week in Practical Counterpoint, we're wrapping up our initial exploration of writing for three or more voices, and in Music Master Class we'll be looking at your projects on this topic. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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