The goal is to create a universal format for common Western music notation, similar to the role that the MP3 format serves for recorded music. The musical information is designed to be usable by notation programs, sequencers and other performance programs, music education programs, and music databases.
The goal of this tutorial is to introduce MusicXML to software developers who are interesting in reading or writing MusicXML files. MusicXML has many features that are required to support the demands of professional-level music software. But you do not need to use or understand all these elements to get started.