Finale Music Notation for Worship

Teacher – Mavis Kallestadkybd_Computer_cropped2
One-day intensive

Planning worship and preparing for rehearsals often requires a great deal of flexibility. Having the capacity to adapt scores for your ensembles, transpose parts, and create customized files for your bulletins can be a lifesaver!

Finale music notation software from MakeMusic is the most widely-used application of its kind in the world. The program is incredibly powerful, but the learning curve can be intimidating. We’ve designed a course that will help you get the most out of Finale for week-to-week use in a congregational setting. Topics covered will include:

  • Formatting scores for bulletins (with included templates for several different page sizes)
  • Transposing parts for instrumentalists
  • Transposing lead sheets and chord symbols
  • Creating large format text+melody pages for output to PowerPoint
  • Fast Note entry methods
  • Finale time-saving tips and shortcuts

For this class, participants must bring their own computer with Finale Music Notation Software already installed (Finale 2014, 2014.5, or v25). You need to confirm that one of these versions of Finale will work on your computer before you register and come to class. Check these links for system requirements: Finale 14, Finale v25.

There is a 30-day free trial of the software available. Finale retails for $600, but offers a discounted price of $350 for copies downloaded for academic or theological purposes. You may also purchase the program through such sources as Amazon for less than $300. Please note that Finale PrintMusic is not a full version of the software required.

A keyboard is required for this class. USB plug & play keyboards can be purchased from The Center for $99, or rented for the day for $35 apiece. (The purchase/rental option is only available to those who are registered by the end of the day on March 14th, 2017.) You are welcome to bring your own MIDI keyboard to the class, as long as you have tested it with the version of Finale you have installed (2014, 2014.5, v25) and know that it works. We will not be able to help troubleshoot connectivity issues on the day of the class other than with the USB MIDI plug & play keyboard controllers that we are making available for purchase or rental.

DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION
This class is available through distance learning for the first time. Distance learners will need two computers to participate in the class – one to run Finale and another for the live video conference. For information about how distance learning works, click here.

Includes lunch
Cost – $150
Fulfills certification elective requirement for Technology Training
Continuing education contact hours – 6


Comments from Summer 2016 Class Participants:

  • I learned so much! I can’t imagine how much time it would have taken me to learn even half of what I did on my own. Finale is not a “light” program. One must go deep into it to get the most use out of it.
  • Wonderful! We covered a lot of material in a day. I feel confident I have the basics to delve deeper into the program and find even more uses to help my congregation.
  • Mavis did a wonderful job walking us through a great deal of material in a relatively short time. Helping each student succeed in working through several examples and applications of the Finale program. Thanks to Jay, too, for sharing how he uses Finale for lyric projection in worship. All was very helpful, practical information!

March 18, 2017 – Register
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Minnesota Church Center (map)
122 W. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Mavis Kallestad is a Finale clinician/trainer, music engraver and piano accompanist in the Minneapolis area. She has represented MakeMusic, the manufacturer of the Finale software, at many state music conventions and has taught hands-on Finale workshops to countless musicians and music educators. Her textbook, Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’, (now in its 3rd edition) contains practical step-by-step tutorials to learn how to use Finale to create musical scores and teaching materials. Mavis holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Dickinson State University and is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.