Coda Placement, Accepted Standards or Are There Practices to be Avoided?

• Apr 12, 2021 - 21:34

This isn’t necessarily a MuseScore question but rather a notation question:

99% of the time when utilizing a coda in a score I am creating in MuseScore, it ends up beginning on a separate system at the end of the score with an indentation and the appropriate symbols.

However on occasion because of other system spacing issues, it sometimes lays out and looks better spacing-wise if the coda doesn’t begin on a separate system but is separated with a frame and then continues on subsequent systems.

Is this taboo or does it happen on occasion? In other words, is it OK?

I created an example to try to illustrate what I am talking about.

Thanks in advance for any critique you can offer.

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It's not taboo - you definitely see this. But my advice is to do this only as a last resort. it's way easier to find the coda when sight-reading if it's on a new system. Tweak the system breaks and spacing as needed to make this work ut, and only if there just isn't a way without adding another page would I recommend going with this. Hard to tell from just a picture, but it looks like you have plenty of room to work with.

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