Rehearsal Marks in Sibelius

In Sibelius, it’s easy to change the rehearsal mark format from letters to numbers or to bar numbers. And, with either rehearsal letters or numbers, you can also create individual rehearsal marks that do not follow the current sequence, or start a new sequence. Let’s take a look.

1. Creating rehearsal marks

Select the place in the score, where you want the rehearsal mark to appear and click the “Rehearsal Marks“ button on the Text tab (or simply use the shortcut ⌘R (Mac) or Ctrl+R (Windows):

2. Changing the format of rehearsal marks

You can change the format of rehearsal marks from within Engraving Rules, found in the House Style group of the Appearance tab.

When the dialog opens, locate Rehearsal Marks in the left pane, then choose the appearance you would like for them. You can, for example, choose “Bar number“:

You can also get to the Rehearsal Marks Engraving Rule directly, by navigating to the Rehearsal Marks Group of the Text Tab, and selecting the little box in the lower right corner:

This brings up the Engraving Rules with the Rehearsal Marks pane already selected for you:

3. Creating “custom” rehearsal marks which are not consecutive

Sibelius automatically creates rehearsal marks in consecutive order, automatically reordering these if you subsequently delete or insert individual rehearsal marks. However, if you want to create a rehearsal mark outside this sequence, you can do it here:



To allow sequences such as A + A1…


Note: the consecutive rehearsal mark for the above example is “B1”. So if you want to go back to your original alphabetical A-Z-sequence following “A1”, start a new sequence with “B” (no suffix) and check New  prefix / suffix again to clear the previous settings.

A German version of this post („Studierzeichen”) is available here.

Karin Vadon is a classically trained musician, singer-songwriter and music copyist from Vienna, Austria who authors a german-language music notation blog for Sibelius and Dorico users.

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