Getting Started with Dorico SE Music Notation Software


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Getting Started with Dorico SE
Music Notation Software

September 20–December 12, 2021

Dorico is the newest addition to the world of music notation software for Mac and Windows computers. This four week course offers an introduction to Dorico’s interface and workflow using the free SE version. Topics covered include installation, document setup, note entry, lyrics, chord symbols, playback, and printing. Owners of Dorico Pro and Dorico Elements are welcome to take the course. No previous experience using Dorico is required.


Vince Leonard

Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World; Finale: An Easy Guide to Music NotationSibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation; and Musical iPad. In 1996, Leonard and fellow producer/engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Other compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.

Dr. Tom Rudolph

Rudolph,_Tom_headshot_2015Thomas Rudolph, Ed.D., is an adjunct instructor for the Berklee online school. He has authored three online courses for Berklee and teaches several other courses. He has also authored multiple online courses for VanderCook College of Music, the University of the Arts, Mason Gross School of Music, and Central Connecticut State University. 
Dr. Rudolph graduated with a double degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts) in 1977. He earned a Masters of Music degree (with a concentration on Music History) from West Chester University in 1980 and completed his Doctorate degree at Widener University in Adult Learning in 1991. As a trumpet player, he has performed for over 40 years in the Philadelphia area in commercial and classical music venues and he has performed for musicals at several theaters. He is a member of the classical group Gaudeamus. His compositions and arrangements are published by Neil Kjos and Northeastern Music Publishers. His articles have appeared in the Jazz Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, and Downbeat Magazine.
Dr. Rudolph is one of the seminal people in music technology. He began his work as a clinician and workshop leader in the field in 1982. In addition to his work in teaching and music technology, Dr. Rudolph is a busy trumpet performer in the Philadelphia area and performs with the group Gaudeamus. His compositions and arrangements have been published by Neil Kjos and Northeastern Music Publications, Inc.
He has authored many books including: The Musical iPad, The iPad in the Music Studio, Finale An Easy Guide to Music Notation (Third Edition) Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software (Second Edition); Teaching Music With Technology (Second Edition); Recording in the Digital World; YouTube in Music Education; Finding Funds for Music Technology; and he was one of four co-authors of the TI:ME publication Technology Strategies for Music Education. Rudolph is the co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, and Composing with Notation Software. He has published many articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, and Downbeat magazine.
Dr. Rudolph has consulted with dozens of companies including Apple, Korg, SoundTree, Roland, Bose Corporation and many others. In 1995, he was one of the founders of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME). He has been elected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1996, 2005, and 2006.

Getting Started with Dorico SE
Music Notation Software

Vince Leonard

Tom Rudolph

Credit Options & Tuition
No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 6371 A9

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 6371 B9

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