Free Sheet Music – 5 Great Websites!

Free? Did that just say free? It most certainly did. Musician’s no longer have to spend hours searching the shelves at their local music store just to find one piece of music that they may or may not like. The beautiful internet is full of freebies and for musicians that means  free sheet music! I can’t speak for all musicians but for me finding a new piece of music to learn is like getting a new pair of shoes.

What is Sheet Music?

Free Sheet Music

For anyone reading this that is now asking “what is sheet music?” Let me explain. Sheet music is individual pieces of music that is not found within the pages of a book. There are a lot of sheet music that can be found within a larger collection but often times we pay for an entire collection and only play a few pieces.  I have several piano books that contain up to 100 individual pieces but I only play 4 or 5 of them. The wonderful thing about sheet music is you don’t have to fight with the pages to stay open.

How Can I get This Sheet Music?

Accessing sheet music on the internet has never been easier. Not only can you access it but many times you can listen to it and preview it before you even attempt to download the piece of music. Many of the sites will offer the sheet music as a PDF file that you can download and print. I have found that some of the PDF files even work quite well on my iPad, eliminating the need to print every new piece that I find.

Enough With Chatter…….

Now that we’ve cleared up what sheet music is, how we  can get it and that we can indeed find free sheet music online lets have a look at 5 websites that offer free sheet music that we can add to our collections.

8notes.com

8notes.com is a website that is mostly dedicated to sheet music but also provides other resources such as lessons and tuners.  According to the websites About Us page, approximately 90% of the site is free.  The website provides sheet music for a wide variety of instruments which is categorized and easy to access from their main page. They also indicate the playing level of each piece, as well as, provide a midi recording for many of the pieces.

To learn more about 8notes.com or to browse their selection of sheet music you can find them by clicking the following link.

8notes.com

Music-scores.com

Music-scores.com has a combination of free and paid sheet music. They have a page that is dedicated to free sheet music. Non-members are limited to 3 downloads a day but can return the following day for 3 more free downloads. There is a wide variety of sheet music for many different instruments and instrumentation’s available.

To see their selection of free sheet music click on the following link.

http://www.music-scores.com/free/freesheetmusic.php

The Mutopia Project

All sheet music provided by The Mutopia Project is completely free. They provide access to classical music that is based on editions in the public domain, as well as, modern editions, arrangements and new music.  All of the music found on the website can be downloaded, printed, copied, distributed, modified, performed and recorded.

For information about the Mutopia Project please click the following link.

http://www.mutopiaproject.org/

Musopen

Musopen is a non-profit website that provides sheet music, recordings and textbooks to the public for free. According to their about page their mission is to set music free. Their sheet music is well categorized by composer, instrument, time period, and genre.

For more information and to browse their selection click on the following link.

https://musopen.org/sheetmusic/

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)

All the sheet music found on IMSLP is completely free. They believe that music should be accessible for free to everyone.  Their selection includes music by classical and contemporary composers. Their scores are easily accessible and  have been categorized in a number or ways including composer, time period, and instrumentation.

To learn more about IMSLP click on the following link.

http://www.imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page

Final ThoughtsFree Sheet Music

Whether you are a beginner or a professional musician all of the websites mention above just may have a piece that you will enjoy. I certainly found an abundance of pieces that I am interested in. While I encourage all musicians to purchase music whenever possible (its always a good idea to show our composers some love)  it is great to have such a large variety of free music at our finger tips. The internet has provided composers and musicians a brand new way to share music with each other. We no longer have to make a special trip to the music store to find a new piece of music to add to our repertoire.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could leave a comment regarding your experience with any of the above websites after you have browsed and perhaps downloaded some new free music to play and enjoy.

 

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10 thoughts on “Free Sheet Music – 5 Great Websites!

  1. Hey Melody,

    Your name really fits the website haha.

    These are really great resources! I may have to pick up my piano once again to try and play some pieces.

    Btw, I think you could target a whole new group of people if you listed sites which has transcribed anime music sheets.

  2. Hey Melody,

    Wow, thanks for sharing some helpful information and resources on sheet music.
    It’s so cool that you created a blog with something that you are passionate about!
    In Harmony,
    Alex

  3. Hi Melody. Cool stuff. I’m not too much into classical music and my instrument is the guitar. I found out through your post that the first site you mentioned 8notes, is the one that suite me best! Thanks for sharing

  4. Hello Melody,
    I like your article very much, you made everything so easy to understand and even fun to read :) I wanted to ask if any of the mentioned websites will have anything to do with guitars? I would love to see some guitar related content here on your site. Maybe I’m in for a surprise 😀..?!
    Thank you for this article. Your whole website in general is pretty interesting 👍🏼.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the article. The first site I mentioned actually has some guitar stuff. Even some lessons. Stay tuned! I have a list of things to add to my blog in the future.

  5. Love the idea that these are free music sites. I have twi mucians in the family that I will have to share this post with. Maybe they will be able to find something useful there.

    Thanks for the information.

    1. Glad I could help. Our experience with musical instruments is always enhanced with new material to practice and learn. Check back often to see if I find anymore freebies. :)

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