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 66.42 MB. The current version is 3.11 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

Bassoon sound added.

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Sheet Music Scanner Reviews

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I Dreamed a Dream  Balance Needed  5 star

This is a wonderful app to help you hear the correct rhythm of any piece you are learning to play. Thank you to the creators of this app. It makes it much easier to learn new pieces.


Very Helpful and Accurate.  Ixgyn  5 star

Very helpful when learning new songs. Also I like that you can change instrument and tempo.


Very angry  8thavenue  1 star

I’m really upset that I bought this app under false pretenses. The song and key is unrecognizable with this scanner and doesn’t even follow a rhythm. I wish I saved my money. I DO NOT recommend this song if you are looking to use it for auditions. I want my money back !


Room for improvement yes  Heathersharmomy  4 star

Mind boggling app in how it reads music however it does have limitations. Doesn’t recognize holds (fromatas). Seems to be confused on the key signature at times and prefers 8x 10 or similar and messes up on smaller formats of music

Straight Street

Amazing  Straight Street  5 star

I have seen software costing much more than this that does the same thing. Occasionally it is good to upload the midi file I have created from this app into a scoring program to adjust a few things. But all in all, this app is phenomenal and well worth the money if you are a musician. It’s also great if you are a mediocre keyboardist and wish you could play the music as printed. You can now.


Rests  linkin_e  3 star

It doesn’t read any quarter rests for me. Also it has trouble with flats and sharps.


Not worth even a dollar  Trusstmme  2 star

The app is advertising it will read music that it is given. Not only is it extremely hard to get the lighting right for it to process but even when scanning with the simplest Music, it was unable to do so. When held in great lighting It read the music for the most part I’ll give it that but it would skip over notes or even measures sometimes. Definitely over priced for an app that doesn’t even do its job.


Skipped my rolls  spiderman1227  2 star

I am a drummer, and i have a rather hard time reading music. I have solo and ensemble, and my song has rolls in it, but the app just skipped over the rolls.

imen nasser

Could be better  imen nasser  3 star

It works but not as well as we though it would

Tim the Tech

Great App  Tim the Tech  5 star

This app works better than some other apps that I have tried. Great work by developer.


Great app...But  MixedJam  4 star

This does a fantastic job. However, during play back it does not recognise sharps, flats or accidentals -this is not a deal-breaker as most people would probably do some post editing in Sibelius, or similar. The other (minor) issue is that it does not recognise repeats of Codas etc, again, not a deal-breaker but it would be a good feature. My main reason for the 4-star rating is because you cannot select multiple files for download to Dropbox etc. I cannot see a way to automatically get files to upload to Dropbox and the files are not available in iTunes file sharing. If above items are addressed, this would make this app one of the best in this field.

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Disappointing  sum ded gie  1 star

From my experience with the app, it only reads a small portion of the notes on the page, leaving everything sounding weird and disjointed. Can’t even get the general idea of what songs are meant to sound like.

Jonesy 99

Better than I dared hope  Jonesy 99  4 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.


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.


Doesn't read triplets and half-measure rests properly.  kevinythepanini  1 star

I don't think I can use this app like I wanted to. It doesn't read some notes properly like triplets or quintuplets and half-measure rests are read as whole-measure rests. I was hoping this would help me with quickly preparing music on short notice if there aren't recordings available (lazy, I know. Just sight read, right?) If you're wanting to scan music, I recommend Scanner Pro.


Just got this  klmz1234  3 star

Please add tenor clef recognition on next update. Thanks


Sketchy at Best with MusicXML  Chickafeenahnay  2 star

When scanning to XML, this app has a complete breakdown. The file will not allow you to edit when put into a notation program in any meaningful way This is problematic as the app is horrible at recognizing tuplets, repeats, or just about anything else that is more than quarter notes. This needs a lot of work!


Works well for me to learn my part  GrammaR  5 star

I use this app to learn my voice part for solos and choir because I do not play any instrument. As a soprano I am fortunate to have the melody most of the time but I use Sheet Music Scanner when I have descants or harmonizing non-melody. I often photograph and crop to only my staff then add each line as additional pages to have it play continuously. Some of the music today, especially choral music, changes what voice/instrument is the top line so that will confuse the app when you tell it to only play line 1. I crop out anything that is not my line in the photo before I input it for practice. There are times when the soprano and alto lines are impossible to separate, but at least I can follow my music score and still have the notes that I need. Overall, I am very happy with the app and it works for the way our use it. I have it on my iPad Air and iPhone 8+. My only suggestion would be to have an option to Not have the whole page faded out to highlight the notes being played with another color perhaps, but to keep the page normal contrast. With the way I use it I would like to be able to see the words so I can sing along with the music. That is difficult on my iPhone8+ & not great on my iPad Air.

Leon Weiss

Great app  Leon Weiss  5 star

Thanks for creating this app. Quite a help with learning new music.


Cool, but not reliable  VonBacon  3 star

I bought this app to scan music from music theory books. Both from print and pdf, the app struggles to convert anything with decent accuracy. Note length is often off, 16th notes followed by 8th notes are generally seen as two notes, and it rarely gets the key signature right. Maybe the app does well with only modern, large print sheet music, but unfortunately it doesn’t work well with what I’ve thrown at it.


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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