Here are some things to consider:

  • For lead sheets and scores with only one staff, the staff and system are the same.
  • For scores with two staves (such as piano parts) there are two staves in each system.
  • For a score with three staves or more, there are three staves or more in each system.


  • Another way to tell the difference is when you press play in Sibelius or Finale, the playback line stretches to include all of the staves in the system.

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