MusicXML Presentations

Here are selected MusicXML conference presentations by MakeMusic, Recordare, and community authors. Most of these link to PDF versions of slide presentations given at the event.

Musikmesse 2015

The 2015 MusicXML Community Meeting at Musikmesse was held on April 17, 2015. It focused on future evolutionary directions for the MusicXML format. The presentations and discussion summary are available online. The presentations include Daniel Spreadbury’s update on the Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) and Joe Berkovitz’s presentation on “MusicXML: Framing the Future.” The discussion that followed focused on the issues raised in Joe’s presentation.

W3C TPAC 2014

Each year the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a week of combined Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meetings (TPAC). The plenary day is conducted in “unconference” style with breakout discussions. This year, Joe Berkovitz from Hal Leonard / Noteflight proposed a music notation markup session. Joe Berkovitz and Michael Good presented at the start of the session, followed by a discussion with the 25 or so attendees present. The presentations and discussion summary are available online:

Musikmesse 2013

Michael presented “Beyond PDF – Exchange and Publish Scores with MusicXML” at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany on April 12, 2013. MusicXML community workshops were held at both NAMM and Musikmesse in 2013. The Musikmesse presentation updated and expanded the NAMM presentation. It includes an overview of MusicXML along with discussion of potential future directions for the format.

NAMM 2012

Michael Good and Justin Phillips presented “MusicXML” at NAMM 2012 in Anaheim, California on January 19-22, 2012.

Music Information Retrieval 2008

Michael presented a demonstration of “Using MusicXML 2.0 to Create Symbolic Music Data Sets” at this conference in Philadelphia on September 18, 2008. The demonstration illustrated how web and personal data sets in Finale, Sibelius, PDF, and other formats could be converted into MusicXML data sets for future work in music information retrieval.

Digital Editing Between Experiment and Standardization

Michael presented a talk on “MusicXML 2.0: Advances in Music Preparation and Distribution” at this conference in Paderborn, Germany on December 6, 2007. The talk focused on how MusicXML 2.0 meets the requirements for a music editorial data format. It was hosted by the Edirom project as a follow-up to the previous year’s conference in Mainz on Digital Media and Music Editions. Proceedings from the conference are now available, with papers in both German and English.

XML 2006

Michael presented a talk on “Lessons from the Adoption of MusicXML as an Interchange Standard” at the XML 2006 conference in Boston on Wednesday, December 6, 2006. The full paper is also available.

Digitale Medien und Musikedition

Michael presented a talk on “MusicXML: Methodology and Technical Methods” at a colloquium on Digitale Medien und Musikedition (Digital Media and Music Editions) at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (Academy of Sciences and Literature) in Mainz, Germany in November 2006. The colloquium was attended by senior representatives from the critical music editions that are coordinated by the Academy.


Michael presented Recordare’s poster session on “Using MusicXML for File Interchange” at this annual conference on Web Delivering of Music. Both the paper and the slides are now available online. Several of the papers at the MUSICNETWORK workshops made use of MusicXML in their work.


Michael gave a presentation on “MusicXML and MUSICNETWORK” at this event. There was a lively exchange of ideas with critical edition publishers, MusicXML developers, and other people working on music representations.

O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2002

Recordare and Project XEMO presented back-to-back Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions on MusicXML and Project XEMO. Recordare’s presentation was on “MusicXML: An Open Format for Music Notation“.

XML 2001

Michael’s gave two presentations at the XML 2001 conference – a paper and a vendor offering:

Music Information Retrieval 2000

Michael’s poster session on “Representing Music Using XML” is where MusicXML 0.1 was unveiled in public for the first time. This international symposium was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in October 2000.

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