Shelve those 3-ring binders. Get organized. Download and play something new in seconds. With forScore, the original sheet music reader for iPad, your scores have never been better—it’s everything you can do with paper and so much more. As seen in Apple retail stores worldwide!
From the moment you launch the app, you’ll see how forScore puts your music front and center. Don’t let the interface’s simplicity fool you, though—forScore has an arsenal of tools ready to help you turn practice into performance. Create links to handle repeats with a single tap, play along to an audio track, and use half-page turns to see the bottom half of the current page and the top half of the next one at the same time, removing jarring transitions once and for all.
Thanks to forScore’s ability to import virtually any PDF file from the web and connect directly to services like Dropbox or download your Musicnotes.com purchases, it’s not only the best music reader around, it’s also the world’s library of sheet music—just millimeters thick. Keep those scores organized by tagging your files and let forScore do the rest with its dynamic menus that are always up to date. You can also create, share, and play through setlists for a fully manual approach to grouping and arranging your files.
And when it comes to annotation, forScore's flexibility is unparalleled. Create and edit an unlimited number of drawing presets, add text to your page with adjustable formatting, and add common musical notation symbols with our unique stamps feature (you can even draw or import your own designs). When you're done, share your files and annotations with friends via email, AirDrop, or print them out with AirPrint!
Under the hood, you'll notice forScore's finely-tuned algorithms that use every millisecond of downtime without ever getting in your way. They keep your library organized, make page turns virtually instantaneous, and even learn from you to give you the best possible experience.
That's just the beginning—be sure to visit forscore.co to learn all about forScore's incredible features and find out why so many musicians agree that forScore is simply the best.
"The iPad, with an app like ForScore, is kind of the ultimate sheet music machine, no?" -Gizmodo
This version fixes a rare metronome interface issue, corrects a bug that could prevent files from opening immediately when imported from other apps, and resolves an issue when using Apple Pencil 2's double tap gesture if a default annotation tool has been configured. This version also removes support for OneDrive from the Services panel due to recent changes made by Microsoft, please visit forscore.co/services-update/ to learn more.
Ratings and Reviews
A must have for professional musicians
Gone are the days of having big 3 ringed binders with several copies of manuscripts weighing down a stand. Or sheet music falling off a stand while you're trying to play it. The iPad and this app have revolutionized the way we practice and rehearse today. This app is simply amazing. I use it everyday. They really have thought of everything with this app and I have been thoroughly impressed by it. I have been using it for a good 2 years now. Features such as making set lists, annotations, categorizing by artist/composers/songs etc, share options directly from the app, creating backups of your organizations and being able to open attachments from the iOS mail app directly in this app make it simply amazing. I can't say enough about it because I would just continue to ramble.
To the developers of this app... We the musicians greatly appreciate you for creating something that makes our lives and careers easier. We thank you for creating something that's seamless, easy to use, has every feature we could want all while running smooth with little to no crashes. Thank you also for constantly keeping this app updated and adding additional features. I’m always learning something new with this software I didn’t already know it could do.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, it really means a lot to us!
The best Sheet Music Viewer hands down
I am a professional Trumpet player, and gone are the days of carrying 10 fake books, 5 band folders and stand lights. With a little time with a scanner, you can have your entire sheet music collection a couple clicks away. I play many different styles of music from Brass Band To Dixieland. I only need to take the official band folder home when I need to scan new music. If something comes up, I don’t have to feel guilty about the band not having the folder in my absence. I have my music sorted by “genres”, which is just one way to sort the very well thought out database. Everyone is just amazed at the way this works. ½ page turns allows you to see the next page while still seeing the bottom half staves of the current page. This avoids having to memorize the first few notes on the next page. Setting up D.C.’s and D.S.’s is easy with links that can be set up. For tricky repeats, you can duplicate pages and arrange them so that it becomes a hands free page turn with products like AirTurn etc. I’ll never go back to the old way again. Easily the best $15 I’ve ever spent on any app. Gigging musicians and piano bar players, this is a must have!!
Good but problematic
ForScore is certainly the best music reader I’ve used in terms of functionality. It is easy to upload music to the app and view your music as well as make your own set lists. The other features is where the problems are. The metronome function is cool and the annotations with Apple Pencil are fantastic, but other useful features and actually navigating the application leave much to be desired. Accessing an app’s settings menu shouldn’t require a google search to figure it out. Likewise, instructions for using other features such as links have ambiguous instructions that force you to use trial and error to figure out. Trying to access your library isn’t as easy as tapping a link that says “Library”; same goes for your set lists. There’s also the option to back up your library and set lists, but it’s not easy as allowing it to access your iCloud Drive account like you might when you first launch Pages or something. Speaking of backing everything up, the feature is mislabeled as “Services”. The backup section doesn’t properly backup your files and allow to easily restore. So, like the title says, the app is good, but also has a list of problems and usability/interface issues that can ward off new users.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for your support and honest feedback. If you have specific ideas about how certain interface elements can be improved so that they're more in line with what you'd expect, we're always happy to hear them and to answer any questions about why they work the way they do currently. We're a very small company and providing exhaustive documentation for every combination of hardware and OS (and for different people's learning styles) just isn't possible. That's why we have a contact form on our website and built into the app, so you can get in touch with us and we can fill in those gaps one-on-one.
Apple limits the number of times developers can respond to reviews, so I can't get into each concern you've raised, but I wanted to take a moment to discuss backups: the best way to back up your information is to use Apple's whole-device backup functions, either by regularly plugging your device into a computer and letting iTunes save your data, or by setting up iCloud backup which works automatically at night when your device is pugged in and connected to wifi. The Services and Backup panels are separate things that serve separate functions, allowing people to share scores and setlists with colleagues, for instance. Again, if you want to know more about how these tools are intended to be used or why they're designed the way they are, we're always happy to discuss that with you personally. Just visit forScore.co/support or choose "Support" from the tools menu to reach out if you'd find that helpful.
- forScore, LLC
- 36.2 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2010-2019 forScore, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Beethoven: The Mutopia Collection $0.99
- Bach: The Mutopia Collection $0.99
- Brahms: The Mutopia Collection Free
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.