Sheet Music Scanner

Sheet Music Scanner

By David Zemsky

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2014-06-11
  • Current Version: 3.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 64.30 MB
  • Developer: David Zemsky
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 787 Ratings


Scans printed sheet music using the built-in camera and plays it for you. Ever wondered how that interesting-looking piece of sheet music actually sounds? It's easy with Sheet Music Scanner. Just point your iPhone or iPad at the sheet and let it play the notes for you. You can choose the instrument, pick the speed and enjoy! 2 for 1 universal iOS app: iPhone / iPod touch and iPad - you get Sheet Music Scanner for all your iOS devices for the price of one. FEATURE LIST • Scan the whole sheet instantly using your built-in camera • Scan and playback from any image in your Photo library or from a PDF * • Playback from anywhere in the song - simply tap the measure, the notes and symbols are highlighted as they're played • Export as MIDI, MusicXML, audio (M4A / AAC, MP3, WAV), PDF to cloud storage *, directly to other apps or via AirDrop * Note on Export / Import: All major cloud storages supported: iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc. Note that the appropriate cloud storage client app has to be installed for this to work. • Reads and recognizes the following symbols of musical notation pertaining to melody, harmony, and rhythm: treble, bass, and alto (viola) clefs, notes, duration dots, rests, accidentals, note ties * • Support for voices played in tandem, e.g. both piano hands at the same time, or all the choir voices • Support for playing individual staffs separately, e.g. right or left piano hand • Support for multiple pages • Accommodates speeds between 50 and 330 beats per minute * Some limitations apply - please see at the bottom of the page. INSTRUMENTS • Accordion, Acoustic Bass, Alto Sax, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Celeste, Cello, Choir, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Guitar - Classical, Clean, Distortion, Glockenspiel, Harp, Mandolin, Marimba, Oboe, Organ (Percussive, Pipe, Reed, Rock, Tonewheel), Piano, Recorder, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Vibraphone, Viola, Violin, Xylophone • Supports actual instrument pitch for the transposing instruments • Supports pitch shift / sound transposition by semitones up to 2 octaves up or down • Change your pitch standard based on instrument, from standard 440Hz to 380-480 Hz MINIMUM RECOMMENDED DEVICES iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 Limitations • Reads printed sheet music, not handwritten or mimicking handwriting. • Reads standard oval note heads only, no special symbols like shape notes, etc. • The following symbols are not currently supported: repeat signs, codas, triplets / tuplets, percussion notation, dynamics, double sharps, double flats, and grace notes. These are planned to come in the future updates. • The app currently reads 3 clefs: treble, bass, and alto. Recognition of octave clefs and clef changes in the middle of one staff are on the roadmap. • Use high-quality printed sheet music and take photos under good enough light, when scanning from your camera, for optimal results. • Some older prints and unusual fonts may not be recognizable. If you experience any problems, please contact support at



  • No zoom in function

    By Anthony0000000000000000
    I wish I could zoom in on the app to get a closer look at some of the notes.
  • Bad

    By Quentin Dauge
    Simply dint read all the notes or ties and slurs
  • Very good. Could be better

    By oatmeal_mac
    Does a great job recognizing the notes and playing them back. But: - if it misses any of the notes there’s no way to go back and fix it or tell the app “you missed something there.” - it only appears to read treble and bass clef. No alto or tenor clef.
  • Improvements for voiceover users

    By GreenGablesFan
    As someone who primarily with music broil and listen to music but yeah, it is very helpful for me to understand how something sounds when I come out look at the picture, also having an app that will allow someone who completely blind to read print music is a good tool. There are some things that are not perfect, but technology is never perfect. I would like to subtract a form of camera guidance similar to what is found in the Microsoft’s seeing AI app and KNFB Reader app. For example, when you hold the phone in the position to take a picture, it would be helpful to know whether or not the page is filling the screen. When voiceover tells you something Mark, left bottom corner not visible, you know you have to either raise the phone a little bit or move the phone slightly in the direction it in the cakes. Of course, one could just take a picture using Seeing AI and then export those photos into the app HealthTap but, ideally this would be a lot of problems with that having this place would be very useful.
  • Only does notes

    By Dhfgjgv
    Does not do slurs. Only notes and how long to play them and is 97% accurate.
  • Music Scanner

    By vansplunder96
    Excellent aid. If you can’t understand the rhythm, this aid is a great help.
  • Improvements this app needs

    By A_Guy_Who_Uses_This_App
    Needs to recognize: 8va, grace notes, repeats, first and second ending, D.S. al coda, dynamics, and tempo change. Maybe recognize tempos? (moderato, quarter note= 100 etc..)
  • Very Good App, Great Support

    By wkrasl
    I’m a choral singer but haven’t learned how to sight read yet, so I need something affordable to help me rehearse new music on my own. I keep ALL my data files on OneDrive for home or remote iPhone access, so I had already scanned all my scores on my PC into PDFs. This app did a very good job finding those PDFs where I had saved them on OneDrive, scanned them, played them with surprisingly great sound, and easily exported them back onto OneDrive in XML, MIDI, and MP3 formats. You can then send the MIDI files to equipped instruments, or load the MP3 into iTunes playlists. Lo As a singer I now open the XML files in MuseScore to add the lyrics (so I didn’t need the original score PDF anymore), changed instruments from default piano to flute for that staff and choir voice for SA and TB staves, and boosted the volume for the TB staff for rehearsing my part. Throughout the process David provided excellent support, so overall this app gets a well-deserved 5 stars.
  • Several attempts — No luck!

    By rileydun
    I was recently given sheet music for a few broadway shows that are still in development. As there are no cast recordings for a show that is still being written, I was hoping to use this app to bring this sheet music to life. Instead, I was greeted to the application playing singular notes in triads, and skipping entire measures. I eagerly await the day this type of technology is properly constructed. Until then, I must bring this to an accompanist.
  • Fascinating possibilities

    By JulesVln
    It’s amazing that this is possible. There are some problems that would be great to overcome. First, it doesn’t get key signatures. Also it will be more useful when it can do triplets. Tenor clef is also needed for several instruments. So, not a full compliment of stars yet. But once upgraded, wow!