I've tried notion i didn't find it too good, i think Finale is better. Just use Finale, get a midi to mp3 converter and it will sound great! just like a perfected live performance
btw i've never done music as a subject at school, but i'm looking to apply at USYD double degree with one degree being Bachelor of Music Studies, taking Composition as the principle study. Don't get me wrong I do compose, just never done Music as a subject, so I'm kind of lost as to what level of composition skills they're looking for... does anyone know?
I just completed year 12 music 2 and I gotta say hands down, Notion is the best value for money music writing program out there.
The interface is very similar to sibelius and finale, but it doesn't have all the extra features that is for very specific/experimental music. But it has all the basics, so unless you're writing something avant-garde, go for notion, it's got all you need. Not to mention being super cheap ($30) unlike sibelius' whopping $1000 price tag. Lastly, the playback is awesome, as all the instruments are recorded by the LSO.
So unless you know you want to continue music composition at the con, Notion is absolutely perfect for the hsc 10/10.