André van Haren - All About Music

Composer - Music Educator - Engraver,  Story and Movie Enthusiast

Working with Lyrics in Sibelius 6


In this tutorial we will have a look at how to work with lyrics in Sibelius 6.


Subjects in this Tutorial:

We will have a look at syllables, melismas, dynamics, how to edit lyrics, 3 ways of bringing lyrics into Sibelius, verses & chorus, lyrics blocks, how to share lyrics with different voices, recitativo and elision.


This tutorial can be downloaded as PDF here:

Working with Lyrics in Sibelius 6

Creating Realistic Piano bounces in Sibelius 7.5

In this guide I will show you how to create a realistic sounding piano recording from a piano score in Sibelius 7.5.


You will finalise the recording by importing the music as an audio file into Logic X (or your own favourite DAW) where you will master and bounce the music to an mp3 and/or CD.


This guide is divided in three chapters:

1) Settings in Sibelius; where you will adjust Sibelius’ default settings and install a

virtual piano.


2) Adjusting the Piano Score for Playback; where you will make changes to the tempi, dynamics and add pedal markings.


3) Master and Bounce in Logic X; where you will master and bounce your piano work to an mp3 file and/or CD.


This tutorial can be downloaded as PDF here:

Creating Realistic Piano bounces in Sibelius 7.5

Orchestrating Piano Music in Sibelius 7.5 with EWQL Gold

Learn how to orchestrate piano music in Sibelius 7.5 using the East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold sound library. 


This guide contains many screenshots and easy to follow step by step descriptions showing you how to set up your orchestral score in Sibelius; adding the piano piece that you want to orchestrate; working out your orchestral ideas and bringing them into the score; using the EWQLSO library to get the best possible playback and creating the final recording in Logic X (or your DAW of choice). 


A fully orchestrated song cycle titled “Indwellings”, containing 7 songs for baritone and piano is included, showing the original piano part which makes it ideal to study the orchestration.


This tutorial can be downloaded as PDF here:

Orchestrating Piano Music in Sibelius 7.5 with EWQL Gold PDF


To hear the final orchestral recording of the full score (7 movements), please visit:

Indwellings for Orchestra recording


For more detailed information about Orchestrating piano music in Sibelius 7.5 with EWQLSO Gold, including chapter videos, please visit my blog page at 

Orchestrating Piano Music in Sibelius 7.5 with EWQL Gold Wordpress Blog



Sibelius tutorial - Copying a hand written piano score into Sibelius

In this short Sibelius 7.5 guide, we will copy a handwritten piano score into Sibelius the fastest way possible, using the program's default settings and page layout. The goal of this short guide is to make piano music engraving accessible and easy for those who never touched Sibelius before and have no engraving experience whatsoever. Note entree will be done using the computer’s numeric keypad and a midi keyboard.

This tutorial can be downloaded as PDF here: