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Sibelius Ultimate, used in 99% of UK Schools
Sibelius Ultimate (formally Sibelius 8) is the world’s leading music notation software that allows you to compose, edit and arrange scores. It's used in 99% of secondary schools, colleges and Universities and is the industry standard for professional composers and music publishers.
- Perfect for GCSE, A Level, Degree students & music teachers
- Exactly the same as the full version of Sibelius Ultimate but with a big academic discount
- 12 months of upgrades included - always have the latest version
- 12 months of support - if you need any help
- For PC & MAC
- Compatible with previous versions of Sibelius
What’s new in Sibelius Ultimate?
12 months of upgrades and support is now included with Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers. This ensures you are always on the latest version and can get support when you need some help. New features available now/coming soon:
- 12 Months of Upgrades Included - stay current with the latest version of Sibelius Ultimate as new features are developed/released.
- 12 Months of Support Included - get support when you need it.
- Multi-touch Gestures - Use multi-touch gestures on your laptop trackpad or Surface Pro 3 to navigate/edit scores.
- Write music with a pen - on your Surface Pro you can add/edit notes using a pen
- Notes & Comments - add notes and comments for you or others
- Easy Activation - simpler activation process to get up and running faster
Sibelius Ultimate Academic Student FAQs
When does my 12 months of Upgrades & Support start?
With all versions Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers you get 12 months of Upgrades & Support (Upgrade Plan). It's good to have peace of mind that if you have any problems installing Sibelius etc that Avid support will be available via phone to help! The 12 months of upgrades and support starts from the date when you install Sibelius. For perpetual licenses ('boxed version' or 'download version') before your 12 months of support/upgrade ends you can choose to purchase upgrades/support for a further 12 months - see the perpetual Sibelius Ultimate upgrade plans here. Subscriptions also come with 12 months of upgrades/support however you will need to renew your Sibelius Ultimate subscription each year - like with any subscription.
Am I eligible for the Student/Teacher discount & how do I verify I am?
Secondary school, college and University students and teachers are eligible for the educational discount ('private teachers' are usually not eligible). Before purchasing please check you are eligible by clicking here. Academic verification is post-purchase. When you receive Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers you will find instructions inside the box (or for 'digital download' versions we will email you instructions) where you go to Avid's website and upload a document to verify that you are eligible for the academic discount. Your serial number will then be emailed to you from Avid usually within 48 hours. Whilst you are waiting for your serial number you can install Sibelius Ultimate straight away and use it for 30 days fully functional.
How much education/academic discount do I get?
The full version of Sibelius Ultimate is around £600. By purchasing Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students or Teachers you receive a very reduced price as you are in education. The discount prices are the prices shown above on this page (there is no further discount available).
How many computers/macs can I use Sibelius Ultimate Academic on?
Sibelius Ultimate Academic can be installed on 2 computers/macs within the same household as long as they are not used simultaneously.
Should I buy the boxed version, download version or subscription?
The 'boxed version' is identical to the 'download version' (both perpetual licenses) - the 'boxed version' comes with a download card (you still have to download Sibelius Ultimate) in its (physical) fancy box and the 'download version' has the download card supplied via email (and does not come in a box). There is also the 'subscription' way of accessing Sibelius Ultimate and this is another way to get Sibelius Ultimate with a lower initial investment - the 'subscription version' comes in a physical box.
Is Sibelius Ultimate compatible with earlier versions of Sibelius?
Sibelius can open and save as Sibelius 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8 and Ultimate files.
What are the PC and MAC system requirements?
Below you will find the recommended minimum requirements:
Windows 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1 or later), Windows 8.1 (not Windows RT) or Windows 10, 1+ GB of RAM, 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only, Internet connection required for software download and activation
Mac Mac OS X 10.12 or 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11.0, 1+ GB of RAM 1 GB hard disk space for Sibelius software only, Internet connection required for software download and activation.
If using the Sibelius Sounds library it is recommended to have 8+ GB of RAM, 36 GB hard disk space (SSD preferred) & ASIO compatible audio interface or sound card (Windows only).
What is PhotoScore Ultimate & AudioScore Ultimate?
PhotoScore Ultimate allows you to ‘scan in music’ into Sibelius Ultimate - simply place a score in your scanner and then PhotoScore Ultimate will notate it into Sibelius Ultimate for you! AudioScore Ultimate notates what you play on your instrument into Sibelius Ultimate - simply plug a microphone into your computer and then play your instrument and AudioScore Ultimate will notate what you are playing into Sibelius Ultimate! See the following link for more info: Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers with PhotoScore/Notate Me/AudioScore Ultimate Bundle