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Sheet Music Scanner app for iPhone and iPad

4.2 ( 6752 ratings )
Music Education
Developer: David Zemsky
3.99 USD
Current version: 3.0.0, last update: 1 week ago
First release : 11 Jun 2014
App size: 63.43 Mb

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? Its 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 image library or from a PDF in you cloud drive
• Playback from anywhere in the song - simply tap the measure
• Notes and symbols are highlighted as theyre played
• 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
• Change your pitch standard based on instrument, from standard 440Hz to 380-480 Hz
• Accommodates speeds between 50 and 330 beats per minute
• Accommodates the instruments: Acoustic Bass, Alto Sax, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Choir, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Guitar - Classical, Clean, Distortion, Harp, Mandolin, Organ (Percussive, Pipe, Reed, Rock, Tonewheel), Piano, Recorder, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin
• Supports actual instrument pitch for the transposing instruments
• Supports pitch shift / sound transposition by semitones up to 2 octaves up or down
• 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, and accidentals
• Recognizes tied notes
• Import from image files. All the common image types supported: PNG, JPG, TIFF, etc. *
• Import from PDF *
• Export as MIDI, MusicXML, audio (M4A / AAC, MP3, WAV), PDF to cloud drives *, directly to other apps or via AirDrop

* Note on Export / Import: All major cloud drives supported: iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive. Note that the appropriate cloud drive client app has to be installed for this to work.


iPhone 5S, iPad 4, iPad Mini 2

iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 or newer device for best experience.

• Reads printed sheet music, not handwritten or mimicking handwriting.
• The following symbols are not currently supported: repeat signs, codas, triplets / tuplets, percussion notation, dynamics, double sharps, double flats, and grace notes. These are on the to-do list and will 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 in development - stay tuned!
• 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

Pros and cons of Sheet Music Scanner app for iPhone and iPad

Sheet Music Scanner app good for

Am learning a string instrument and the ability to hear the scores (from where I choose) that Im trying to learn is so VERY helpful. Am DELIGHTED with how easy this app is. Accessing scores through photos is easy as pie. And immediately hearing them in the tempo of my choice is very happy-making!!! Thank you for your efforts in developing this app!!
I scanned a song in from a photo I saved from a .pdf file. Even with Multiple Voices enabled it would read the treble line alone and then the bass line alone. Also on a song I took a photo of it would miss some notes that were very low on the treble line. Other than that its very good! I love it! Keep up the great work.
Students who could get the app were able to download it and us it to help them with there part! Better than what I thought! This is coming from a choral director! ❤️
I didnt want to forget to say a HUGE thank you for multiple page support!!! Old review: First, I have to say I was very impressed. I have been trying out apps like NotateMe, which dont even have "use a picture from the photo library" feature yet...and cost a lot more. This app does both saved pics and on the spot pics. That is a major strength. I just wish it could recognize more than one page at once . Another strength is that it does a surprisingly good job recognizing the music… esp since the update! What once used to be 90 % accurate in perfect lighting on the first "pass"....missing things like key signatures and tempo is off IS NOW 100 % accurate on fairly complicated pages! For all of them Ive tried. The update also added more musical voices/instruments. Worth $4 and soon will be a contender against the "big" ones (such as notateme which is fast and accurate but has no open in function) this app is a bit faster and ESP when you can add multiple pages!
The only such app I found for iPhone. Simple & efficient. Many thanks !!
Cant believe how well this works! Only does one page at a time, but it plays multiple voices at once very accurately.

Some bad moments

Please dont waste your money on such a bad app. It mistakes the dynamics as quarter notes, it doesnt read all of the notes so the sheet music that you scan is choppy and it doesnt play the entire pice. It doesnt pick up grace notes, dynamics, and it plays every note a count more than what the actual value is. I would recommend that you just google your music rather than wasting your money on such a crappy app. Spend your money elsewhere.
Tried many pictures, but the App does not recognise most of the notes.
Was hopeful this would work but it only actually recognizes half the notes on the page making it completely useless. Do not buy!
The application crashes while recognizing the photo with scores. Didnt work for me.
Very cool: this app would have made my piano lessons so much easier. Just snap a picture of the sheet music, and after a brief analysis, its played for you.
This is not as bad as I thought a non-rated $4 music scanner would be. It does to the basic recognition but not stuff you would also count as basic. For example, it doesnt recognize ties. It would just play it as if there were no ties. Also, it has trouble recognizing accidentals and cant recognize accents (the accents I understand why it doesnt recognize it yet). Also, I think there should be a way of some sort to edit what it recognized. Maybe like bring up a staff and allow us to enter the note and/or accidental if it got it wrong. For example, on mine, it recognized every note except for 2 half notes (even though they were as clear as the others). I would have like to edit it and manually enter those notes. If that feature along with adding some other things such as ties, I would show this to my schools band (over 130 people). But overall, its pretty good so far.