A great sheet music notation app on iOS. For any music lover, Notation Pad gives you the ability to read, compose, edit, playback scores and write lyrics. With it you can be a talented composer and great musician anywhere. As long as you have a little knowledge of sheet music, you can write music composition simply by touch and move. You could use it as your songbook or scoresheet. It is also designed for a beginner who wants to learn music score, music notes and tablature. It can handle ensemble, choir or symphony score, also it supports for a single track piano score. With the help of it you could easily record the flashes of inspiration wherever they strike. Are you ready to compose music in a simple way?


-Export/Import the industry-popular MusicXML file format, allowing for exchanging sheet music with other software (Finale, Sibelius, Encore, MuseScore, etc).
-Export MIDI file.
-Export PNG image and PDF document.
-High quality sound for playback.
-Support editing up to 8 staff at the same time.
-Support over 100 kinds of musical instrument. Piano, organ, guitar, violin, sax, flute, brass, bass, etc.
-Support multi-voice.
-A great lyric app.


Supported notation:
*A variety of music note types, from whole note to 128th note and dotted note
*Chord, staff, track
*Treble, alto and bass clef
*Edit lyrics
*A variety of time signatures
*All standard key signatures
*Adjustable tempo
*All accidentals (sharps, flats, double sharps, double flats, and naturals)
*Tie, slur, and tuplet
*Many types of ornament
*A wide range of dynamics

What’s New

Version 1.8.6

- Add Sign in with Apple support
- Various bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

jamesh48 ,

Don’t try to slur V1 notes to V2 Notes!!!

It’s a good app but I was composing recently and I created a corrupted file by slurring v1 notes to v2 notes, now the app crashes when I try to access that page of my music.

Also, looking forward to a better lyric engine in an update.

Otherwise, very enjoyable, intuitive app.

georgedonnelly ,

Good app

So far, I've used this app to compose a couple, pretty short, simple songs, but it's very useful. I used to use a DAW for everything; but, well, I find Sheet Music to be a lot better, even if the instrument quality is a little low. That's why I have the daw, though. Just dislike that you have to rate it five stars to unlock a couple features. Builds distrust with possible buyers; I was almost not gonna buy it because of what I saw in the reviews. However despite the shady tactics, this app is still great.

As all apps, however, there are a couple issues:
I can't seem to move midi tracks into Notation Pad, and trying to put the notes itself in, manually, is time consuming, as well as confusing, since I'm not exactly practiced enough.
Where are the drums and the cymbals? That's an incredibly important part of music.
A search engine for the discover music category. Would love to find some pieces there, but searching endlessly isn't very interesting.

msl1954 ,

Not as advertised.

Be very careful purchasing from this developer. This app has limited functionality. I purchased it to write tablature for Guitar. The description led me to believe that it would do this. Not so. In order to write guitar tablature, the app directs me back to the App Store to purchase yet another app from this same developer. When I requested a refund, the App Store turned me down, referring me to the developer’s site for help. The developer’s site has nowhere to contact the developer, request help, request a refund, etc. If you want to waste $20, this seems like a good place to do it. And shame on the App Store for allowing this type of deceptive advertising, then refusing to help resolve the dispute. I can only hope the developer reads this and contacts me to make this right.


Song Zhang
197 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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