Sibelius Ultimate pricing – here’s how it works!
There is a lot of confusion around the pricing of Sibelius software – partly due to the fact that AVID have so often changed their pricing, titles and licensing policies. So we are here to make this nice and easy!
Sibelius Ultimate is the latest edition of the full package of the software –and whether you are a student or a teacher or a professional musician-this is the exact same package with identical content. The only difference is the pricing!
If you are buying for a school-then you will want a Sibelius Multi License. This comes in 2 flavours – a Network License or a Stand Alone License. They cost the same, usually around £29.00 per seat (minimum 5 seats) – but work slightly differently. The great majority of schools by the Network version. Schools tend to have between 10 to 40 Sibelius seats/licenses.
These package also contain free Lite versions of Photoscore (scanning music software) and Audioscore – where heard music can be transcribed into written notation, usually with some editing required for both programs. You can download a free version of Sibelius from their website.
There is also a cut down version of Sibelius Ultimate –called Sibelius. This used to be called Sibelius Student and then Sibelius First (see what I mean!) Sibelius is a smaller version -14 staves only-and doesn’t have a lot of the smart inclusions of the full program-but this is perfectly adequate for most students – up to A Level music.
Buy Sibelius if your student is going up to GCSE level/National 5 in Scotland. This may also suffice up to A Level (Higher Music) But if you think your child will pursue music beyond that, then we suggest you buy the full package available to Students and teachers-but still about half the price of the professional license and remember it’s exactly the same software!!
Important note: Private teachers not salaried by for instance a countly council are not entitles to purchase the Student/Teacher Sibelius Ultimate – I know it’s mad! But that’s AVID rule!