Version 3.0 of the MusicXML™ format was released in August 2011. Version 3.0 includes both a Document Type Definition (DTD) and W3C XML Schema Definition (XSD).
MusicXML 3.0 has three main areas of improvement compared to MusicXML 2.0:
MusicXML 3.0 adds 76 new features compared to MusicXML 2.0, while staying compatible with earlier versions. All valid MusicXML 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 files are also valid MusicXML 3.0 files. The MusicXML version history summarizes the changes since version 1.0.
If you start doing a MusicXML implementation, you will need to refer to the actual MusicXML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) or W3C XML Schema Definitions (XSD). These are distributed under the MusicXML Public License Version 3.0.
Download the MusicXML 3.0 definitions here: