My comments on other blogs.
I think the final goal when learning any piano piece should be to play it from memory. It’s so much easier to think ahead when you don’t have to read notes AND play at the same time… and you are less likely to be distracted. I suppose some people may like the safety of reading printed music, though, especially if they cannot memorize music easily.
I think what’s harder than academics and creativity is selling your work. Creative people with college degrees are a dime a dozen–colleges should focus a lot more time on business and less time on fluff.
I’ve always composed onto sheet music, but never by hand. I prefer entering notes directly into the computer. I have no sense of rhythm.
Congratulations on the switch. I used Finale 2007 for a while but found Sibelius much easier to use. I’ve heard the opposite of what Val said–Sibelius is easier to use but Finale is evidently more feature-rich and “professional.”
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