Flows are separate spans of music that are completely independent in musical content, meaning they can contain completely different players from each other and have different time signatures and key signatures. A single project can contain any number of flows.

Depending on the purpose of each project, a flow could be, for example, a single song in an album, a movement in a sonata or symphony, a number in a stage musical, or a short scale or sight-reading exercise of only a few bars in length.

Dorico Pro automatically adds a flow to projects once you have added at least one player. You cannot add flows until you have added at least one player to the project.

When you add a flow in Dorico Pro, the following happens automatically:

  • The flow is assigned to all full score and part layouts in the project.

  • All players are assigned to the new flow.

By default, all layouts include all flows in the project. If necessary, you can change the layouts to which flows are assigned and which players are assigned to flows.


If you exclude a player from a flow, any notes that you have already input for that player in that flow are deleted.

You can change notation options, such as beam grouping and accidental duration rules, for each flow independently in the Notation Options dialog.