Survey for music composers

We are interested in hearing from music composers. All may take a survey (that we make in the framework of software research and development) here :

A unique occasion to talk about you and share your views !

Your feedback is important. As a music composer, you are the most qualified person to help us to bring new services/products that you may appreciate and use.

In the survey, you will find 29 questions. We will begin with questions related to your work as a composer in general, questions about computer music follow, then those around music software and the last ones concern your views on music.

All questions are totally open : we do not provide any detail about the questions so you are completely free to express yourself exactly as you like it.

Twenty of them are mandatory to complete the survey. Of course, the more answers, the more fun. We enjoy to hear everything from you. To complete the whole survey, 20 to 30 minutes may be necessary.

For any personal interaction related to music composition in the framework of the survey, please contact Arpege Music at

We will value your time when we will read your answers with attention and we will take care of your opinions. Please start with the survey now.

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Creating your own music for Christmas, New Year, or simply Winter evenings?

 For yourself, your family, your musical community?

It may be done easily with Pizzicato music composition  software. #passion #creativity  

Create your own music for Christmas

Santa Claus  in your Music School ?


So simple with free music software ‘Pizzicato Light’. Smart fun for teachers and children!

Register at no cost :

#freebies  #teachers  #schooldays #schoolholidays  


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Back to school! Here are options for teachers / educators to present Pizzicato music software in their school /association


Are you a music teacher or an active member of an promoting music? You may share your students or chorists the benefits of Pizzicato music composition and notation software membership in your classrooms.

Whether you choose a high quality level formula (with a financial participation) or the free basic educational program (which offers to every student a teacher the ability to write and print simple scores plus to generate exercises and listen to the result), know that music teachers and directors who are successful with their students when they use Pizzicato share the desire that their students may enjoy the benefits of computers to construct their own musical knowledge and test it.

That said, you may have already personally convinced of the value of using Pizzicato in the classroom, but you meet one of these situations:

  • The member of boards of your music school or program hesitate to pay a musical software for financial reasons (no budget is dedicated).
  • Administrators do not want to introduce a free software in music school for reasons linked to pedagogy (they do not feel comfortable with the idea to introduce computers in the framework of music teaching).
  • Administrators do not have the opportunity to acquire computers and / or a room for installing it (a place is missing).

Here are some possible solutions to explore with the agreement (and possibly the active collaboration) the directors of the institution or you give courses or lead a musical activity:

  • Make use of public funds to acquire Pizzicato (music funds, technology funds, various educational funds)
  • Develop an activity whose profits will be used to acquire at least one computer (concert, festive dinner, tombola)
  • Talk with the local association of music parents and ask them some help in matter of fundraising

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To subscribe to the free Pizzicato educational program and to invest a little to attract the interest of students is usually a first step that only you, as a teacher, can do and generally it is welcome in schools. We have already equipped a lot of music schools establishments and we never had complaints coming from directors, because teachers who introduce our program know that they make the difference.

They generally determine the pedagogy to use. Below you will find a link with a presentation of our program and echoes that came back to us from your colleagues about the way they do, but even if there are guidelines, usually every teacher wants to appropriate the program in their way and arrange their own learning sequences.

Are you ready to invest some of your time to share with your students a free tool that will motivate them because they use computer to learn at home? Do you want to convince your board of the utility of a music software for your students? Here is the page which presents Pizzicato educational program (free version and paid versions): and you may send any questions to:




Françoise Delsaux

Arpege Music

Educational Program

Music information needed by listeners and how music composers and performers can fulfill them

We know it for decades: information is a main key in society. Actually there is nothing new under the sun: education is transmission of information and it always contributed to the building of better human groups. Maybe the novelty is that more and more individuals today can erase the lacks of traditional education and complete it more easily than thousand or even hundred years ago.

In matter of music information, for the individual who is searching to complete some musical culture, interesting questions for music composers and performers to answer are:

What type of music information do people seek?
What are people’s music information search strategies?

In an accurate research (Lee and Downie), I found that users seek music information to build collections of music and for verifying or identifying works, artists, lyrics, etc.

These clear and concrete goals are reached:

  • physically (people visit friend’s places, record stores, music libraries and shops plus bars, church or sessions)
  • through the internet (people search for recordings, music files, news, music styles, etc.)

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All of this is clear and evident. Another evidence appears: professional musicians need to frequent physical places like libraries or shop and publish their sheet music on the web to be known better.

Musicians will notice that a music composition and notation software like Pizzicato can help them to publish their work themselves or to be published by a professional editor – as it already happened.

All musicians will find information related to Pizzicato at (informations like a free demonstration version and newsletters about music composition plus product presentations, technical support and our e-boutique).

Francoise Delsaux
Arpege Music
Online Marketing

Musicians and music consumption – How the musician can attract new listeners

Musicians and music consumption – How the musician can attract new listeners

Music as phenomenon linked to mental process, emotions and physiological arousal

The reason why most people take part in musical activity, be it composing, performing or listening is that music is capable of arousing in them deep and significant emotions (research made by Sloboda).

Also musical thinking offers a more direct access to mental process than speech because the manipulation of perception and recall is more central to music than it is to speech. Listening to music requires discrimination and assimilation of melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, instrumentation, etc. via a series of complex processes (study made by Hantz).

Music as a product – the purchase behaviour

Yet a few analysis has been done in matter of consumer research to explore how and why people consume music. At a scientific level, the treatment of music as a product has been relatively ignored.

Nevertheless everyone knows that music is frequently discovered through internet, radio and television before it is purchased.

Consumers may buy the latest release of a specific artist or ensemble without previous exposure in the strength of their knowledge of that artist or ensemble, even in classical music.

However, in that case, the consumer has expectations based on previous experience and recommendations given by other listeners, by music search engines or by platforms.

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What characteristics of consumers and what characteristics of music may interact to produce consumption and purchase? What can explain music preference and purchase behavior? Researchers (as Hirschman) say that music, as entertainment, lets to better cope with unpleasant situations of everyday life. A second factor, called role projection, is maybe associated to music videos and permits individuals to self-project into a particular role or character. In the third place, purchasing products helps to construct fantasies and augment reality.

How the musician can attract new listeners

If the musician, be it a composer or a performer, is conscient that all listeners desire novelty and search for it, he/she can become more confident in his/her personal abilities to reach new listeners who can become new customers. The ways to promote music are numerous today, from video, audio and sheet music sharing tools to platforms which sell music, no one can pretend that it is impossible for him/her to get some audience and revenue.

And for self publishing in matter of sheet music, a software like ‘Pizzicato Professional’ can help you. It already deserved the goals of professional musicians who wrote music pieces for national radios and orchestra or were published by some great traditional sheet music publishers.

You can discover Pizzicato at


Francoise Delsaux

Arpege Music

Online Marketing

Physiological and emotional arousals of music on composers/performers and listeners in the digital context


Composers and performers – their skills and their musical repertoire

In matter of music, artificial intelligence specialists help their readers to understand that the brain is the place both to give orders that create motor representations (for example singing) and perceptual representations (listening to music).

And indeed all music in practice is contained in these three words: creating, playing and listening.

Playing and listening permit to performers to increase the number of pieces included in their musical repertoire. And of course that gives both professional and amateur musicians more opportunities to play.

Computer music did not create that reality related to the fact that musicians who work more and more every day to understand music through playing associated to listening progress inevitably.

Nevertheless computer music helps musicians to reinforce both their perceptual memory and their ability to create new pieces of music.

Listeners and their emotions – music as source of well-being

It is evident that people who chose to learn music and pursue a career in that domain – and those who at adult age begin to invest most their time in it – love music, feel well-being and are sensible both to physiological and emotional arousals of music.

Now what about listeners – those who do not want to learn music or perform it? It is the same for the simple listeners than for performers, except of course that they only create perceptual representations of music, so their role is more passive in front of music.

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Their situation interests musicotherapists. These ones are musicians who acquired a sufficient knowledge in psychology and health to pretend helping people through music or showing them to explore new aspects of their personalities. Musicotherapists themselves produce motor representations to interact with their clients.

For all musicians

All musicians – composers, performers, etc. – can find an interest in music composition and notation software to create new music pieces aud augment their musical repertoire.

I will bring their attention to the Pizzicato range of products (they will be able to test the free demonstration version, discover user guides and free newsletters around music composition at


Francoise Delsaux

Arpege Music

Online Marketing


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