Starting a new project

After getting a first impression of the Dorico Pro user interface, you can get started with inputting your own music. In this section, you learn how to set up a new project.



All inputs that are made and the images that are used to accompany the steps in this chapter are intended merely to be helpful examples. Therefore, there is no need to make the same entries in order to get the depicted results.

Close the template without saving to reopen the Hub.


Start a new project in any of the following ways:
  • Press Ctrl/Cmd-N.

  • Click New Empty Project.


A new project window opens.

By default, new projects start in Setup mode. This allows you to specify players and assign instruments straight away. The area in the middle, known as the project start area, allows you to start your project with different types of players. Once you have added at least one player, this area becomes the music area.

On the right, the Layouts panel shows a Full score layout card. This layout is automatically created in every new project.

At the bottom of the window is the Flows panel, where you can specify separate spans of music for your project.

After Completing This Task

Start your project by adding a player and assigning an instrument to them. You are free to assign any kind of instrument. The following examples use a single piano player.