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Outside Shore Music / Mastering MuseScore

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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Score of the month - a short piano prelude

Hello! Last week we featured George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" a lot, including a special session of the Music Master Class in which we listened to a complete performance and I discussed its form at length. I think you'll find this session especially insightful. You can check out the recording in the archive. Meanwhile, I have tentatively decided to launch the first cohort of my counterpoint course on March 4 - less than two weeks from today. I'll be sharing more details about this...

3 days ago • 1 min read

Hello from Marc Sabatella of Outside Shore Music, home of Mastering MuseScore and other great resources! This week marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", which combines classical and jazz elements in ways that are really ahead of its time. I'll be exploring various aspects of the piece this week. For those of you who are members of the Outside Shore Music community, please remember to reset your passwords if you haven't done so after the big...

10 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! Yes, this is still me, Marc Sabatella from Mastering MuseScore, now coming to you under the banner of my "new" site, Outside Shore Music. I put "new" in quotes because it's really the same Mastering MuseScore Community with different branding, and also because the name "Outside Shore Music" is not only older than Mastering MuseScore, it's older than MuseScore itself. I've been publishing music and educational materials online under this name since the mid-1990's, making this one of...

17 days ago • 2 min read

Hello - this is a week for change! I've been hinting at this for some time, but over the next few days I will be doing some internal reorganization, and by Friday I plan to relaunch my Mastering MuseScore website with a new (but also not so new) name: Outside Shore Music.​Many of you may not be aware of this, but I started publishing music and educational materials under that banner almost 30 years ago. I chose the name originally to reflect a breadth of musical experience that encompasses...

24 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week we are expecting to see the release of MuseScore 4.2.1. It's a relatively minor release, but it fixes some rather annoying bugs in 4.2 and will definitely be recommended to install as soon as it becomes available.​This week we're also start on some ear training projects in the musicianship skills workshop for Gold-level members. My aim is to make ear training a regular feature of your practice - not as a separate activity, but as an integral part of how you look at music....

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hello! Thanks to everyone who has completed the short community survey I posted last week! If you have not done so already, it's not too late - I'd still love your input as I plan some new offerings.​Meanwhile, we're still continuing our focus on SATB arrangements, and I'll again be featuring music submitted by Gold-level members this week in the Music Master Class. Mastering MuseScore For the ultimate guide to the world's most popular music notation software, see my online course Mastering...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hello! I've never been big on New Year's resolutions, but as we enter 2024, I'm increasingly focused on the community we have created at https://community.masteringmusescore.com and how I can continue to shape it to serve your needs better. If you're a member of the community, you may have seen this already, but if you missed it, I'd love it if you would complete this very short survey!​Meanwhile, we're continuing our work on SATB arrangements this month, so I'll be focusing on that topic...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hello, and happy new year! I'm looking forward to a great 2024, full of music and growth. I'm back to business as usual with my live events this week, and for those of you who are Gold-level members, we'll also be resuming some musical projects - more info on that soon! I'll also take this opportunity to give up a heads-up you may have heard before but I want to remind everyone of. It is very likely that soon I'll be rebranding my site, to reflect the facts that a) what I do isn't just...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Create your best music Hello! As I mentioned last week, I'm taking the rest of December off from most of my regularly scheduled activities (so, no Office Hours, MuseScore Café, or Music Master Class). But I did want to get this special edition of my newsletter out to let you know that MuseScore 4.2 has released, and along with it, the new Muse Guitars sound library. By the time you see this, you may have already been informed of the update by the check within MuseScore and/or Muse Hub. As...

2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello! We're getting close to the end of the year, and I'll be taking a Christmas break from my regularly-scheduled activities, including this newsletter. We're also wrapping up the Harmony and Chord Progressions course this week, so be sure to get your final projects in. Thursday will be a special session of the Music Master Class - a virtual concert featuring everyone's music! By the way, I'll still be checking in on the community site, and I do expect to send out an announcement when...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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