The new music sharing features are designed as a method for sheet music creators to quickly and efficiently share their content with performers for practice in a digital environment. This will allow collaborators to more effectively use rehearsal time by providing a more direct connection between the creator and performer and enabling musicians to dynamically interact with the sheet music.


Note: although the new music sharing features are part of the web-based SmartMusic, you don’t need to be a teacher or a student to use them.


Users can export Finale-created content from the program using MusicXML and then upload and share it with their musicians through the online music sharing platform. The process is simple: export from Finale, upload to the web using the Compose app, and share with performers from the Compose app or the Content Manager.


To Export From Finale:


  1. From Finale go to File > Export > MusicXML... 
  2. Save the file as a .mxl file. (.mxl format is recommended but .musicxml and .xml files can also be used). 


To Upload Content:


  1. Go to and login to your account, or create a free account if you have not done so already.
  2. Choose Import MusicXML, MIDI or SMZ.
  3. Select the MusicXML file you exported from Finale. 
  4. Click Go and confirm that each staff is assigned to the correct instrument. 
  5. Edit the document, if necessary, using the tools in the Compose app.
  6. Choose File and click the Save to your SmartMusic account button. The Composition Saved notification window appears.


To Share Content:


In the Compose app

  1. Click the Share button .
  2. To share privately to individual users, click the Share File Privately button and enter the email addresses of your recipients.
    Note: you can also create a link to your document that is accessible by anybody with the link: click the gear icon to switch to Content Manager.
  3. Check the box to confirm that you own the content or have permission to share it, and click the Share File Privately button. A success message is displayed.


In Content Manager

  1. Choose Content Manager from the app picker in the upper right corner, or log in to your account at
  2. Choose the content you want to share from the left sidebar.
  3. Click the Share button to share privately with individual users, or choose Public Share Link to create a link to the content accessible by all users with access to the link.