Stickings don't export in .musicxml

• Feb 11, 2021 - 08:24

When I add stickings to snare drum scores and export the file to .musicxml, the stickings vanish when I reopen the file. This does not happen with .mscz files. How do I fix this issue?

I have uploaded both the .musicxml and .mscz files for the same exercise for comparison.


I'm not sure MusicXML has a concept of sticking, so even if MuseScore were to export it, there's probably no way to do so in a way that would allow is to come back as sticking. Normally, you shouldn't be using MusicXML to save files just to repoen them within MuseScore - it's meant only for interchange with other programs and it is to be expected some info will be lost in translation.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks for your response, Marc. The platform I founded,, currently converts .musicxml or .xml via OSMD so that contributors can more easily use the notation software of their choice. Any idea of a workaround or another near universal file type that may be better suited to our needs?

In reply to by zero9867

MusicXML is the most widely-supported standard there is. If it doesn't support sticking yet - and I see no evidence it does - I recommend checking out the committee (it's part of W3C I believe) responsible for its standardization to request it be added in the next version of the standard. Then we would be able to support it directly

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I've asked our developer to request it be added to the next version of the standard, but we need a work around in as close to the immediate future as possible in order to keep serving K-12 music programs during the pandemic. How about entering stickings via the lyric feature? We can add lyrics beneath all note values except grace notes, which are stacked vertically above/below the "lyric" attached to the quarter note. Is there any way to allow lyrics to be entered under the grace note?

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