Ground-breaking music composition and notation software from Neuratron, featuring handwritten music recognition.

Top 10 Music App in 62 countries!

iPad Pro & Apple Pencil recommended for best results.

- Quickly and accurately enter music notation with your finger or stylus.

- Write music on the train, in a plane, by a lake, or just sitting comfortably on your sofa!

- Simple, intuitive interface with little to distract you from your creativity - similar to writing with pen and paper, but with instant playback, editing and a score suitable for publishing at the end!

- Write music for solo instruments (including voice and piano), drums or ensembles from string quartets and choirs to full orchestral scores. Includes support for transposing instruments.

- PhotoScore Add-In (In-App Purchase): Take photos of printed sheet music with your device's camera, so you can play back and edit them with NotateMe! Recognizes 5-line staves and most markings including chords, flags, beams, rests, accidentals, articulation marks, clefs, key signatures, time signatures, tuplets, slurs, ties, hairpins and text including lyrics, dynamics and instrument names. Note: Requires 5MP camera & 1 GB RAM - so not for iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini (1st gen) or earlier.

- Email PDF, MusicXML and MIDI files of your scores to friends or other musicians. Open in other apps and desktop notation packages. Print to paper.

- Import and edit MusicXML files (most music symbols supported).

- Automatically sync your scores to Dropbox so you can edit them on your phone whilst you are out, and then on your tablet when you get back.

- Great when learning or teaching music notation.

- NotateMe recognises a wide range of music symbols, including notes (with solid, open, and slanted noteheads), flags, beams (even cross-staff*), leger lines, multiple voices per staff, chords, rests, accidentals (natural, sharp, double sharp & flat), articulation marks, augmentation dots, ties, slurs, hairpins, clef changes, key signatures. Barlines, clefs, time signatures and tuplets are added automatically.

- Drag and drop (or set selected drawings to) further music symbols including cross noteheads, pedal markings, ornaments and appoggiatura.

- Add chord-symbols, dynamics, technique, tempo changes and lyrics to your score. Write comments or ideas in 'red pen'.

- If NotateMe doesn’t recognize your style immediately, keep at it, as it will adjust. Leave clear space between symbols and make markings clearer with further strokes if any transcription errors occur. If you experience problems, tap 'Help Improve NotateMe' from the Export menu and we will analyze your handwriting to help us improve NotateMe further.

* Cross-staff beaming requires an iPad


iPhone 5/s/c, iPad (3rd gen onwards, iPad mini (2nd gen onwards), iPod Touch 5 onwards
Screen size - 4 inches diagonal
Writing implement - Finger or stylus
PhotoScore Add-In: 5MP rear facing camera with auto-focus, 1 GB RAM. Good lighting conditions.

Note: It may take a short while for you to become accustomed to aligning parts of musical symbols when writing using a finger, particularly on a smaller screen.

WILL NOT RUN ON iPhone 3GS OR iPod Touch 4th Gen or earlier.

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil
Screen size - 9.7+ inches diagonal
PhotoScore Add-In: 5MP rear facing camera with auto-focus, 1 GB RAM. Good lighting conditions.

What’s New


Replaced Dropbox Sync with improved Import and Export functionality.
- Import from Photos (for PhotoScore) and NotateMe and MusicXML files from iCloud and other apps & cloud services.
- Export to iCloud and other apps & cloud services.
Voice allocation improvements, particularly for 3 and 4 voices.
Other parsing improvements.
Hold down play button in editing mode to toggle between playing back all instruments and just the current instrument.
Mute button fix.
UI tweaks.
Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings
Teacher4piano ,

Works great for what I need, and room to improve, too

This is a great little app for transcription. My only regret is that it doesn't have the option to transpose. However, I've been easily able to work around this because I can export these files to FinaleNotePad and transpose it there. I love the ability to hear what I've written in both the writing mode, as well as when I view the full score. So far I have only used 3 instruments at a time, but it works well. I'm not a composer, I'm a teacher. I write out exercises, transcribe/transpose, etc. for my students. I got this at the early release price, and it's worth every penny. I also have NotateMe Now on my cell phone. While that free version only allows one stave, it can be exported to the paid version, which can add more. I use these three programs to notate music anywhere I go, and then have the functionality to print from my iPad or Computer (via FinaleNotePad) or email, as needed!
While it may be limited in some features, I feel that the price is good, considering the cost of other software is that offer more than I currently need. Also, the developers seem committed to continued improvements! Thanks!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review. To transpose, tap to add a new instrument and you'll find a transposition option at the bottom - this will copy the current staff to a new one transposed.

Windsurfer320 ,

Very frustrating app!!!

This app in concept is amazing. As a professional musician and an eternal student of music and theory, I'm always writing. Be it documenting ideas, composition, jazz theory, teaching, transcribing, I'm always writing. I keep a staff paper close by. I thought this would be the perfect use of my new iPad Pro and Apple Pen. Like others reviewers here, I wanted this to be the go to solution. Unfortunately, I have given up. My handwriting is very good and easily recognizable. The resolution on the Apple Pencil is amazing. Despite all of this, NotateMe doesn't seem to understand a simple sharp and even sees it as a flat sometimes. Most of us don't have a lot of disposable free time, and to burn it trying to teach this app recognition in futility is extremely aggravating. I know the following statement may seem contradictory, but I do wish the developer much success. We do need something like this, especially when discussing musical concepts with students on the fly. The concept is a very creative one, however, it is not ready for the prime time, and the company should not be putting this software out when it is not ready.

Jjp12345 ,

Shows much promise.

I'm a professional copyist and orchestrator. This software isn't yet ready for prime time, but it is quite usable and looks like it could shape up into a truly groundbreaking app for sketching musical ideas. I been trying some rather tricky notations with four voice harmony and multiple articulations. It still requires a lot of fiddling to make it work with such complexity, but I've been impressed nonetheless.

It's a little slow at recognizing the written input with complex items, but by no means unusable. With a bit more work, I could easily see myself using this on the go when I need to quickly write down an idea that will be later imported to a full desktop notation program. I love the XML export for this reason.

Bottom line: There's nothing else quite like this app. It's very usable on simpler notation, and can handle more complex ideas with some extra work. I'm very curious to see how the program develops. I'll probably increase the number of stars as features are refined in future updates.


Neuratron Limited
28 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013-2017 Neuratron Ltd
In-App Purchases
  1. NotateMe PhotoScore IAP $29.99


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