Sheet Music Scanner

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Scans printed sheet music using the built-in camera and plays it for you.

Ever wondered how that interesting-looking piece of sheet music actually sounds? It's easy with Sheet Music Scanner. Just point your iPhone or iPad at the sheet and let it play the notes for you. You can choose the instrument, pick the speed and enjoy!

2 for 1 universal iOS app: iPhone / iPod touch and iPad - you get Sheet Music Scanner for all your iOS devices for the price of one.

• Scan the whole sheet instantly using your built-in camera
• Scan and playback from any image in your Photo library or from a PDF *
• Playback from anywhere in the song - simply tap the measure, the notes and symbols are highlighted as they're played
• Export as MIDI, MusicXML, audio (M4A / AAC, MP3, WAV), PDF to cloud storage *, directly to other apps or via AirDrop
* Note on Export / Import: All major cloud storages supported: iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc. Note that the appropriate cloud storage client app has to be installed for this to work.

• Reads and recognizes the following symbols of musical notation pertaining to melody, harmony, and rhythm: treble, bass, and alto (viola) clefs, notes, duration dots, rests, accidentals, note ties *
• Support for voices played in tandem, e.g. both piano hands at the same time, or all the choir voices
• Support for playing individual staffs separately, e.g. right or left piano hand
• Support for multiple pages
• Accommodates speeds between 50 and 330 beats per minute
* Some limitations apply - please see at the bottom of the page.

• Accordion, Acoustic Bass, Alto Sax, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Celeste, Cello, Choir, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Guitar - Classical, Clean, Distortion, Glockenspiel, Harp, Mandolin, Marimba, Oboe, Organ (Percussive, Pipe, Reed, Rock, Tonewheel), Piano, Recorder, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Vibraphone, Viola, Violin, Xylophone
• Supports actual instrument pitch for the transposing instruments
• Supports pitch shift / sound transposition by semitones up to 2 octaves up or down
• Change your pitch standard based on instrument, from standard 440Hz to 380-480 Hz

iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2

• Reads printed sheet music, not handwritten or mimicking handwriting, tablatures, etc.
• Reads standard oval note heads only, no special symbols like shape notes.
• The following symbols are not currently supported: repeat signs, codas, triplets/tuplets, percussion notation, dynamics, double sharps, double flats, and grace notes. These are planned to come in the future updates.
• The app currently reads 3 clefs: treble, bass, and alto. Recognition of octave clefs and clef changes in the middle of one staff are on the roadmap.
• Use high-quality printed sheet music and take photos under good enough light, when scanning from your camera, for optimal results. For scanning from a file, the recommended resolution is 300 DPI or 8-12 MPx per page.
• Some older prints and unusual fonts may not be recognizable.

If you experience any problems, please contact support at [email protected]

Sheet Music Scanner App Description & Overview

The applications Sheet Music Scanner was published in the category Music on 2014-06-11 and was developed by David Zemsky. The file size is 64.46 MB. The current version is 3.8.1 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

Fixed an issue in the note beam detection that caused crashing in some cases. Big thanks to the people who reported it.

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Sheet Music Scanner Reviews


Best yet  Chezloux  4 star

This app is the best scan-to-sheet music app that I have encountered. There are several improvements to be made but with such a profound foundation, I anticipate and look eagerly forward to minor but superlative enhancements in the very near future. Very well done!


Not that great  AmandaUnzicker  2 star

It only recognizes a small portion of my sheet music... my sheet music isn’t hand written and has good lighting. Waisted $4


Please fix!  Hashbrown678  4 star

Great app, I used it for seeing how music sounds so I can play it better, but sometimes when my sheet music is not printed with the best printer, this app can’t pick up the notes/rhythm. It would be great if you guys either fixed the scanner (which I don’t know if it’s possible), or add an option to edit the notes that you scanned. Thanks!

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Can’t read a quarter rest  Ima whip and dab  3 star

I love this app and it might be the reason I get into jazz band. I only have two issues. It doesn’t read quarter rests. It skips it and becomes harder to understand the rhythm in my head. My other issue is it has plenty of sounds but missing plenty of good ones. I may be biased but add them including a bari sax


Doesn’t read music well. Misses a lot.  M0nkeyNutz  1 star

Reads about 50% of the notes in the sheet music. Pretty useless as a result.


Really Impressive  bossHogg247  5 star

This is a great app. Perfect for trying to remember a tune or you may have forgotten


Very difficult  thesleepingqueen600  1 star

I bought a this to practice my songs for choir class, but the scanning wasn’t that great and it kept messing up which parts to play. I think scanning is a good idea, but its not so good when you actually use it. I got another app where you just add in the notes you need, (Notation Pad) and I like it a lot better since it will actually play what I need it too. There are also controls on it so you can put it to what you need. Overall, scanning music needs a little work.

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Doesn’t work with my complex music  Timboo G.  1 star

I got this app to help me through more complex theory... there was a song with multiple key changes but it didn’t consistently ready properly. It works ok but not consistently enough to make it worth the purchase. I would prefer to have had my $4


Better than I had hoped!  sharkfoo  5 star

I am really impressed as how well it scanned my sheet music. Surpassed my expectations!


Amazing!  GitrGuy  5 star

I’m a public school music teacher and I teach guitar and piano classes. I’ve recommended this app to my students. It’s simple to use and it works very well. I’ve taken guitar ensemble scores and scanned them and it played back perfectly. The score was four 4 parts. I’ve also used it to have students listen to classical guitar music which was quite complex. It played them back perfectly too. I like being able to export the scans in multiple formats. I’ve exported music as xml files and imported them into Sibelius to write my own arrangements. It saved a lot of time entering notes manually. It’s not 100 percent perfect, but it works perfectly about 95 percent of time. The only issue is it can’t playback drum set music yet. For my purposes it gets 5 stars.

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Better than I dared hope  Jonesy 99  5 star

I am giving this app 5 stars because even with the limitations that are yet to be addressed it does a fantastic job and the export capabilities are super useful. A really powerful musical app that is so reasonably priced that to give it less than 5 stars would be a crime.


Doesn’t do what I want  blll978675  3 star

Claims to transpose the scanned score but it just plays at a different pitch. I wanted an app that will output a pdf of a score transposed. The playback is pretty useless because it doesn’t read the key signature. Later .... Now I realise I misunderstood what the app does. The term ‘transpose’ has different meanings when referring to written or sounding music. And It the playback accuracy is determined not by the software but more by the resolution of the image. Other people love this for what it does.


Amazing  dj_juzz  5 star

Recognises notes from sheet music and plays very quickly after scanning. Overlays detected notes over actual scan. Highly recommended. Can also export in to many different formats including .mp3 and .xml

Greek Potato Sauce

Amazing App  Greek Potato Sauce  4 star

I love this app and everything about it, especially after the new look... except one thing. I know this is a lot to ask, but please, please add in different instruments for different lines, so they can play together simultaneously. Perhaps you could add it into an advanced edit, or settings. Please take the time to consider this, and it would completely make my day! Thank you.


Great app. Fair price  pmath15  4 star

I am tempted to rate this app a 5, but then I would have nowhere to go when the promised improvements are made. All sheet music scanned to date have lived up to the promises made. And I love that I can export it as a midi, and make minor changes through musescore. And I don’t mind paying for something this good, with improvements on their way (I have steered clear of music involving notation the author says is not there yet, I.e. triplets). Thanks for the app.

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Excellent  Arsenal tasmania  5 star

I use this for school and it saves me a lot of time when I export it into notion. One of the best apps I have used.


Music scanner, very good  Kaatje54  5 star

I really like the scanner and works like a charm. I'm not sure how it repeats with multiple verses, maybe that could be looked at. It has a repeat symbol at the end of the score.


Fabulous for learning new pieces  Sanboy31  5 star

This is my favourite, most useful music app. I am an adult violin beginner playing in an ensemble and I don't always know how the piece is meant to sound. When I look on YouTube the music isn't the exact piece I have in front of me, but this app plays me my piece, and can also play the other parts so I can hear how it all clicks together. Occasionally it still skips a note especially if it's part of a slur but apart from that it's perfect for my needs. I love how I can adjust the bpm to suit my learning stage but I would really like if it had some sort of count in feature as I would like to play along with it. I can't start it up and get my bow on the strings so I have to jump in after a couple of bars.


Really good!!!  Only1helen  5 star

This is so easy to use. It's very accurate, and once scanned, I can easily export the music - I use Notion, where I can transpose, or do whatever I need to.


Fantastic Singers' Note Bash Tool!  oystersinspring  5 star

This app is amazing. For someone with not-amazing sight-reading skills and limited access to a piano, this app has made it possible for me to "note bash" twelve pages of music for an audition tomorrow that I otherwise would have embarassed myself at. Thank you Thank you.

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Evan Craig  Evan Craig  4 star



This App is SO Helpful!  Jisaac100  4 star

I’m an older adult learning to play the cello and working with some other adult musicians at our church to play in an ensemble. Normally I sing soprano in the choir so not playing the melody is always a challenge for me. With this, I can scan the pieces we’re working on and HEAR what the notes are. That is huge for me! Thank you so much. I have one suggestion: it would be very helpful if I could create folders to organize the pieces I’ve scanned.


OMG this is sooooo cool and useful!  AVD1  5 star

I use this app to learn choral music. I’m an alto with rudimentary piano skills and this is such a time saver! I don’t have to slog my way through picking out the notes on a keyboard. Worth every penny.


Freakin amazing!  Hrlovelace  5 star

So robust for such a low price. Totally worth it.

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Needs the ability to manually place in notes  Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww snap.  3 star

Fairly good app, and it’s super convenient to have something like this. However when you can’t get a good enough image quality it is unusable, since some of the notes are missing. If we had the feature to put in certain notes that would be great. Most of the time a lot of the notes are placed in, but some of them aren’t so it would fix this problem if we could put these notes in manually. In addition, the rhythms for some types of notes (i.e. triplets, sextuplets, etc.) seem to be off, and are played slower than they should be. Overall decent app, with some improvements it could be amazing.


Very Disappointed  Smumbles  1 star

I rarely write a review unless the product is phenomenal or is really awful. This app is a real stinker and a waste of money. DO NOT BUY!


Fantastic app! Where have you been all my musical life?!  Spelltastiv  5 star

I never do reviews but this app impressed me so much that I had to give my two sense! This app is worth EVERY penny. You can buy music scanning apps for 10 times the price and won’t get near the quality product that this is. This app is going to save me tons of time! I still can’t believe how accurate it is and with multiple voicing too! I’m not saying that it is perfect but it is really good! The only thing I have noticed is that It has an issue recognizing triplets and it missed a treble clef inserted halfway through the page but for just a scanning app it is fantastic! Understand, you are not getting a music editing app. I use Finale to do that but you can export what you scan on the app to finale as an xlm file. Get the app... you won’t regret it.


No zoom in function  Anthony0000000000000000  3 star

I wish I could zoom in on the app to get a closer look at some of the notes.


Very good. Could be better  oatmeal_mac  3 star

Does a great job recognizing the notes and playing them back. But: - if it misses any of the notes there’s no way to go back and fix it or tell the app “you missed something there.” - it only appears to read treble and bass clef. No alto or tenor clef.


Improvements for voiceover users  GreenGablesFan  4 star

As someone who primarily with music broil and listen to music but yeah, it is very helpful for me to understand how something sounds when I come out look at the picture, also having an app that will allow someone who completely blind to read print music is a good tool. There are some things that are not perfect, but technology is never perfect. I would like to subtract a form of camera guidance similar to what is found in the Microsoft’s seeing AI app and KNFB Reader app. For example, when you hold the phone in the position to take a picture, it would be helpful to know whether or not the page is filling the screen. When voiceover tells you something Mark, left bottom corner not visible, you know you have to either raise the phone a little bit or move the phone slightly in the direction it in the cakes. Of course, one could just take a picture using Seeing AI and then export those photos into the app HealthTap but, ideally this would be a lot of problems with that having this place would be very useful.


Brilliant  wmevius  5 star

works very well, as long as you use a good quality picture (the camera in the old iPad isn't good enough for instance).

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