Touch Notation is a powerful musical score creation app that allows anyone to enjoy writing music using touch gestures.

In Japan, Touch Notation was selected as one of the ‘App Store Best of 2014’ apps, and held the No.1 spot in the iPad Paid App index for music apps for over two weeks.

Touch Notation is available in free and full versions, allowing musicians to experience most of the app’s features at no cost.

Up until now, musical score creation software has relied upon dragging individual notes from a palette onto staves. By contrast, Touch Notation allows musicians to draw directly onto the score using a finger or touch pen, and have their work immediately appear as beautifully written notation, then played back using the app’s 30 built-in instrument voices.

- A wide-range of functions accessible from a cleanly designed, intuitive user interface.
- Ability to enter musical expressions for adjusting tempo and dynamics.
- Convenient transpose feature for raising/lowering the pitch of the entire score.
- Output scores using Air Print, or save to Dropbox in PDF, SMF, MusicXML, and ScoreMaker formats.

Touch Notation allows the following musical symbols to be entered by hand:

- Note, Rest (including dotted and double-dotted), Long Rest, Beam, Tuplet (Triplet)
- Grace Note
- Accidental, Tie, Slur
- Accent, Staccato, Tenuto, Fermata
- Trill, sfz, Arpeggio, Pedal, Senza
- Metronome symbol
- Crescendo, Decrescendo
- Dynamics symbols (ppp~fff)
- Octave symbol
- Repeat brackets
- Repeat marks (D.C./Fine/D.S./Segno/Coda/to Coda)
- Clefs (Treble Clef/Bass Clef/C Clef/Percussion Clef)
- Key signature
- Time signature
- Bar lines (repeat marks)
- Abbreviation

Other musical expressions (‘Dolce’, ‘Tranquillo’, etc.) can be added using text input, while comments and memos can also be written freehand directly onto the score.

* Entering rhythm notation, tab notation etc. is not supported.
* Older devices may experience stuttering when playing complicated scores with many simultaneous notes. Users are recommended to test the free version of Touch Notation in order to assess the app’s performance on their device.

What's New

Version 1.1.001

- Added support for entering and editing drum notation.
- Added 5 new score templates that include drum percussion.
- Added support for entering grace notes.
- Added support for writing abbreviation symbols.
- Added ability to resume score playback using a > gesture
- Various other small fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings

Great app- one important suggestion

I use this right now for bass parts, lead sheets, or a melody. Transposes very well. Once you learn the hand writing recognition it is very intuitive. I even use my fingers with great results. Chord input is great, text input could be smarter: allow editing of text after the fact and text formatting options.........

Great copy and paste for whole bars or sections speeds up work incredibly. Just lasso the section and click copy. Put you finger down, slide it around and paste it where you want it. Very accurate.

I have one important suggestion. They should add a white ink color to the pen input so that you can the erase or clean up other “ hand written” entries that you might have put in before. I use this trick in ForScore all the time.


Does NOT work as advertised

The handwriting features don’t work as well as the videos show. It takes multiple tries to get any note to show correctly. The scores are hard to edit, and the gestures to edit things don’t even work. You can’t get a refund on this, so I don’t recommend buying it!!! It does not work well. I was hoping to have an easy tool to compose music, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth.



Tried to input Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and encountered tons of problems. The most irritating were that the app kept crashing upon inputting on page 3, and the inability to have sfz stay on the score after input; it kept disappearing and only one (of about 4) remains on the completed score. Seeing how infrequent this app is updated, looking for another similar app.


Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
121.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Japanese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2017 Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
In-App Purchases
  1. Chord Name & Automatic Accompaniment $4.99
  2. Handwritten Font $2.99
  3. Sound Set: Full $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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