Most items you see in Finale are created with font characters; not only text but also most musical symbols (such as noteheads, clefs, and expressions) are font characters as well. You can choose from different noteheads, different treble clefs, or whatever you'd like, to make your music look the way you want. Furthermore, within lyrics, text blocks, chord symbols, and the Shape Designer, you can mix fonts freely: you could, for example, combine text characters with musical symbols, or have selected lyrics italicized.

For a list of fonts included with Finale, see Finale Character Sets.

Finale fonts

When you install Finale, the following fonts are automatically installed directly into your system's fonts folder. Click the name of a font below to see a listing of every character in that font along with its keystroke. Note you can also review all font characters using your system's character map.

Font name Description
Maestro (Maestro Percussion, Maestro Wide, MaestroTimes) The Maestro font is Finale’s default music font. This elegant font is more robust than the older Petrucci, and more accurately represents the look of engraved music. Maestro Wide is identical with the exception of wider noteheads.
Broadway Copyist (Broadway Copyist Perc, Broadway Copyist Text) The Broadway Copyist font, Finale's premiere handwritten music font, comes with handwritten text and percussion fonts as well.
Engraver (EngraverFontExtras, EngraverText, EngraverTime) The Finale Engraver font set was developed by Bruce Nelson to meet the Music Publisher Association's music font design specifications. It includes a larger notehead with a different notehead angle. It also includes “Let Ring” noteheads, “Double-stopped unison” noteheads, “Trill to” noteheads, “Tone-cluster” noteheads, variations on dynamics and articulations, tempo markings, and harp pedaling symbols.
Jazz (JazzCord, JazzPerc, JazzText) The Jazz font was the premiere handwritten music font prior to Finale 2010 and includes handwritten text, percussion, and chord symbol fonts as well.
Finale Lyrics The Finale Lyrics font contains standard text characters. It was designed specifically for optimal lyric spacing. To see a complete list of characters, use your system's font character map.
Finale AlphaNotes Created for use with beginning music students, the Finale AlphaNotes font places note names inside noteheads. Use the AlphaNotes plug-ins to implement this font quickly, or use one of the AlphaNotes templates (located in the Finale/Music Files/Templates folder) to use these characters automatically.
Finale Copyist Finale Copyist is primarily a text font that emulates the look and feel of natural felt-tip print handwriting.
Finale Percussion The Finale Percussion font consists of pictogram glyphs that you can use in your score to visually indicate individual percussion instruments.
Finale Mallets The Finale Mallets font includes icons to represent any variety of mallet usages, including the ability to create a cross-mallet symbol. For example, you could use two 'zero-width' characters (e.g. ) to indicate that the performer should use two different mallets in one hand.
Finale Numerics The Finale Numerics font includes all the characters you need to create harmonic analysis and figured bass. Zero-width characters allow you to stack characters easily. Use the Lyrics tool to add your harmonic analysis or figured bass beneath the staff.
Petrucci Named for the sixteenth-century Italian who first used movable type for printing polyphonic music, Petrucci was the default music font for Finale products for years but is now shipped for compatibility.
Seville Seville was the default font used for selecting fretboard diagrams in Finale. Because Finale now uses a different system for creating fretboard diagrams, Seville is included only for compatibility.
Tamburo Named for the Italian term for drum, Tamburo is a font primarily comprised of noteheads. It contains a variety of symbols particularly useful for percussion notation, including instrument noteheads and several articulation marks. Tamburo also includes a full set of symbols for use in hymnal shape note music, where each note of the scale is displayed with a unique notehead. Moreover, Tamburo expands your choice of accidentals for quarter-tone music.

See also:

Font annotation

Configuring MacSymbolFonts.txt