Product Description by our Music Experts
Sibelius Ultimate (previously Sibelius 8) Academic Annual Subscription is exactly the same as the full version of Sibelius Ultimate Annual Subscription, apart from students & teachers receive a massive educational discount (before purchasing please check you are eligible). Note: Sibelius Ultimate is the new version of Sibelius 8.
- Perfect for GCSE, A Level, Degree Students & Music Teachers
- Exactly the same as Sibelius Ultimate but with a big educational discount
- 12 Month Subscription (Upgrades & Support included)
- Digital Download Version (Boxed version also available)
- Compatible with previous versions of Sibelius
- For PC and MAC
Please check you are ordering the correct version as we do not accept returns for digital download product(s).
Annual Subscription - more affordable
The Sibelius Ultimate Annual Subscription gives you a years worth of use, upgrades and support. As with all subscriptions the terms needs to be renewed at the expiration or the software will cease to work. By purchasing via an annual subscription the upfront outlay is much smaller and you are always up-to-date with the latest version of Sibelius Ultimate and can access support when you need it.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to buy Sibelius Ultimate 'outright' (i.e.e a perpetual license) then please click here.
The Industry Standard with Academic Discount
Sibelius Ultimate is no doubt the most popular notation software around and is used in 97% of schools & Universities and is the industry standard amongst professional composers & publishers - it's so powerful with many advanced features, yet it is so easy to use. The reason for this is that Sibelius Ultimate was originally created by musicians who had computer science degrees - it was therefore developed in a logical way for musicians to compose, arrange, edit, etc. By purchasing Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers you will be using the very same version - the world is your oyster!
What’s new in Sibelius Ultimate?
With Sibelius Ultimate Academic for Students & Teachers you now get 1 year of upgrades and support included. Whereas in the past Sibelius released a major update every few years, they are now launching new features as they are developed and released so you get access to them straight away rather than waiting for them to be rolled into one major update. Here are some of the new features available now/coming soon:
- 12 Months of Upgrades Included
- 12 Months of Support Included
- 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
Other great features
Sibelius Ultimate for Students & Teachers also comes with the Sibelius Sound Library which is a high quality set of sampled sounds so that your scores sound as realistic as possible, PhotoScore Lite to scan music scores into Sibelius Ultimate, AudioScore Lite which notates what you play into a microphone and Rewire that lets you send scores to DAWs. You can even download the Sibelius Scorch iPad app (separate purchase) to view your scores on the move.
Sibelius Ultimate Academic FAQs
Can I download Sibelius Ultimate straight away?
After you place your order we automatically email download link(s) usually within 10-20 minutes (247) after purchase so you can start using Sibelius Ultimate straight away on a 30 day fully functional trial - we will then send your actual license/instructions usually within 48 hours via email. Note: if you have already accessed the Sibelius Ultimate 30 day trial please wait for your 'license/instructions' to arrive via email as trials can not be used more than once on the same computer. (between 24th December and 2nd January there may be delays in receiving your 'license/instructions' as AVID are closed during this period - although you can install the 30 day fully functional trial which is emailed to you within 10-20 minutes 247).
Am I eligible for the Academic discount? How do I complete academic verification post-purchase?
You are eligible for the academic discount if you are a secondary school, college or University student or teacher ('private teachers' are usually not eligible). Please check that you are eligible before purchasing by clicking here. After you purchase we will email you instructions in how to complete the academic verification (and download information) and Avid usually verify your status within 48 hours. Whist you are completing the academic verification you can install Sibelius Ultimate straight away on a 30 day fully functional trial. Note: if you have already accessed the Sibelius Ultimate 30 day trial please wait for Avid to verify your status and email your activation details to you as trials can not be used more than once on the same computer.
How much education/academic discount do I get?
The full version of Sibelius Ultimate Annual Subscription is around £174 so by buying Sibelius Ultimate Academic Annual Subscription for Students or Teachers you are receiving a massive educational discount - the price above is the academic discount price (there is no further discount available).
Can I install Sibelius Ultimate on more than 1 computer?
You receive a 1 user license with Sibelius Ultimate, however you can install Sibelius Ultimate onto 2 computers/macs within the same household as long as they are not used simultaneously.
When does my 12 months of Upgrades & Support start?
Sibelius Ultimate Annual Annual Subscription for Students & Teachers comes with 12 months of support and upgrades (Annual Upgrade Plan). Your Annual Upgrade Plan starts when you install/activate Sibelius Ultimate.
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).
Product Reviews by our customers
This software is invaluable for my work as a musician and secondary school teacher. I have been surviving on Sibelius 5 for years, but a change of computer, and the fact that I qualify for the teacher discount, persuaded me to upgrade. Despite ordering it in the Christmas break, I was fully up and running within a day or two.
As a professional composer it is a piece of software I can no longer do without. I spent the first 30 years working with score paper and pencil and started using Sibelius in 1998. It is safe to say that it has changed the way we create music. I have the ability to send scores to anywhere in the world and with NotePerformer also create credible audio versions. It is also an invaluable tool for teaching. Although it is expensive to buy outright the annual academic subscription makes it very affordable at less than £2-00 a week.