Sibelius Software Ltd. has expanded its Sibelius Educational Suite (SES) of music education software by adding another program, called Compass, that helps students learn the art of composition. The suite–which now includes six titles: Starclass, Sibelius Instruments, Compass, Sibelius Notes, Sibelius Auralia, and Musition–is suitable for every educational level from kindergarten through university.

SES saves instructors hours of preparation time and makes learning about music fun and interactive, Sibelius says. The suite features more than 180 ready-to-use lesson plans; an interactive encyclopedia of instruments, bands, orchestras, and ensembles; a comprehensive software package for ear training and aural testing; and a software package for learning and testing music theory.

Each product is sold separately and, with the exception of Notes, is available in five-user Lab Packs (prices range from $360 to $450) or site-license configurations, which start at 16 users. All products, with the exception of Musition, run on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

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