Are you learning to play an instrument? Perhaps you’re a keen admirer of classical music? Or are you a music teacher looking for student material?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you’ll need a steady supply of sheet music.
In this piece, I’m going to show you the top seven sites for finding and printing free sheet music. They will let you download everything from well-known classical works to new interpretations of 20th-century rock classics.
Keep reading to find out more.
8notes splits its content into three sections: Instruments, Styles, and Artists. It means no matter what type of music you specialize in, you will be able to find something to suit your needs. Almost all the sheet music on the site has an accompanying MP3 or MIDI file so you can listen to the track while you browse the rest of the content.
And there’s not just sheet music. A whole section of the site is devoted to additional material. You’ll find everything from music theory lectures to guitar scales.
For $20 per year, you can become a subscriber. Subscribers have access to longer and more advanced works, a MIDI converter, and an ad-free site.
Anyone who uses sheet music will know about IMSLP. The site was founded in 2006 and now offers the largest collection of free sheet music anywhere on the web.
At the time of writing, the library has 115,347 individual works, 379,954 scores, 43,390 recordings, 14,863 composers, and 390 performers. It’s enough content to last you a lifetime. The search feature is straightforward; there are filters for period, nationality, instrument, language, and genre.
The site also has a thriving multi-language forum section. You can request scores, chat about the music you’ve downloaded, and share your musical success stories.
The downside of Pianotte is it focuses exclusively on sheet music for pianists. The upside is it has a significant amount of modern music. If you’re more into Coldplay than Chopin, it should be your first port of call.
It might not be the most aesthetically-pleasing page to look at, but the site more than makes up for it with its content. There are several hundred tracks for you to download, all of which are delivered in PDF format.
You can browse by A-Z listings, genre, latest additions, and most popular.
Sheeto takes a slightly different approach to the other sites in this article. Rather than offering a library of unlimited downloads, it encourages users to trade sheet music among themselves.
For more common compositions, many users don’t ask for a trade in return. If you’re looking for something more niche, you might need to exchange a sheet of your own. When you sign up, you can list both the sheets you want and the sheets you’re offering on your profile page.
Once you start to engage with the community, you will have access to a rich variety of content; everything from jazz masters to rock legends is offered. And, of course, there’s plenty of traditional classical material as well.
It is free to sign up for an account and free to trade with fellow users.
There are more than 2,000 pieces of music on Mutopia Project, each of which has a Creative Commons license. That means you can modify, print, copy, distribute, perform, and record anything you download without fear of legal repercussions.
The site specializes in classical music, but there is a growing amount new music and rearrangements for you to sample. Each download included a PDF and MIDI file.
Mutopia is volunteer-driven; all the downloads have been painstakingly typeset using Lilypond. You can see which projects the volunteers are currently working on by clicking the In Progress tab at the top of the screen.
ChoralWiki is a registered charity in the United States. The site offers sheets for nearly 25,000 choral and vocal works and covers almost 3,000 composers. In addition to the sheet music, you can also download texts, translations, MP3 files, and MIDI files.
The site splits the search function into two sections: Composer and Music. Each of the two sections has been further divided into sub-categories, allowing you to filter by death year, era, nationality, genre, language, and more.
Because ChoralWiki is a community-driven wiki, anyone can add new content to the site. It has quickly grown in popularity and users are continually adding new content.
Making Music Fun is great if you’re not fully proficient with your instrument of choice. Rather than offering complex works from history’s greatest composers, it takes you on a journey, helping you learn your instrument little-by-little.
The site has been designed with total beginners in mind. You won’t just find sheet music; there are also study guides, music theory worksheets, classroom resources, and even entire lesson plans. The content is primarily for teachers who want to distribute material to their students, but it’s also an excellent self-study resource.
Sheet music is available for the guitar, violin, piano, flute, recorder, oboe, saxophone, trombone, harp, trumpet, cello, and clarinet. There is also music for budding vocalists.
Each instrument’s section is sub-divided into beginner, easy, and intermediate works. Once you reach an advanced level, it is better to start using some of the other sites in this list.
Which Sites Do You Use?
I’ve listed seven of the best sites for finding and printing free sheet music, but the list is by no means exhaustive. There are hundreds of similar sites on the internet, so with enough digging, you should be able to find the composition you’re looking for, no matter how rare it is.
As always, I’m keen to gather your input. Which sites would you add to the list? Where do you find your free sheet music? What do you like or dislike about the seven sites I listed?
You can leave your tips, recommendations, and suggestions in the comments box below.
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