If you're a musician or singer looking for free musical resources on the internet, you'll find no shortage of high-quality sheet music to download. Whether you're a beginner or a highly skilled musician, you will quickly discover there's a world of music at your fingertips, available for a range of instruments and in numerous genres and styles.
8notes.com is one of the best free music resources available online. You'll find a fantastic selection of music for a range of instruments, including piano, guitar, brass instruments, string section instruments, percussion and drums, and mixed groups of instruments. If you click on any of these categories, you'll find subcategories divided into music style and genre. For example, clicking on violin will take you to a page where you can choose from jazz, rock and pop, or traditional violin. Click on one of those categories to access individual titles.
Download music from 8notes.com by clicking on the title of the piece that interests you. You'll be taken to a page where you can see the music. Along the top of the page, above the image of the music, you'll see menu choices. To print the music, click on the printer icon. Clicking other icons will let you hear the music or access a metronome beat to help you play with a steady tempo. You'll also find other information about each piece, such as its time signature, difficulty level, and transpositions into different key signatures.
With its simple interface and multiple styles, FreeSheetMusic.net is hard to beat. The music is divided into various genres, including popular folk music, popular Irish tunes, dance music of Ireland, Gaelic melodies, classical music, and Christmas carols. When you click on a category, such as popular folk music, you'll be taken to a page from which you can access the charts. The dance music from Ireland category has over a thousand selections, so you can browse to your heart's content.
The folk, Irish, and Gaelic music is intended for treble clef instruments, such as fiddle, clarinet, or flute. From the classical music section, you can download full orchestral scores. If you're looking for Christmas carols, you'll even find choral arrangements. Midi files are also available for many pieces. To download music from any of the sections, simply click on a title, and you will bring up a PDF file, which you can then download or print. To listen to a piece, click on the "midi" link if it's available and by doing so, you'll download a sound file.
From MusOpen, you can download a tremendous variety of music, which is searchable by composer, musical instrument, style of music, and period. Each section is arranged alphabetically. The composer section is extensive and to browse it more efficiently, click on one of the letters above the section to access composers whose last names begin with that letter. By browsing the instrument section, you'll find music for many instruments, including piano, orchestral instruments, solo instruments with orchestra, chamber music, and choral arrangements.
You'll find music from multiple periods ranging from medieval to the 21st century. If you like, you can browse the music based on its style, such as whether it's an anthem, a lullaby, a sonata, or a waltz. Suppose you want to browse operas. Click on opera/operetta, and you'll access a page which gives an introduction to the music form and offers individual operas for download. If you click on a title, you'll bring up an image of the music. To download the associated PDF file, click on "download" directly below the image.
If you're looking for a huge variety of genres and styles from which to choose, you'll want to check out FreeScores.com. You can download everything from reggae to rhythm & blues and from country to pop at this expansive site. You'll even find music for Flamenco, Klezmer, and traditional Japanese pieces. In addition to searching for music via genre or style, you can also browse by composer or by instrumentation. FreeScores offers music for instruments such as woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, lute, and vibraphone, among others.
To download the music, you'll need to click on the title of the piece in which you're interested. Suppose you've been browsing traditional Japanese pieces, and you notice the song "Sakura," which is at the top of the page. When you click on the title, you'll be taken to a page which gives you a number of options. If you want to know what the song sounds like, you can click the play button to stream it or click on "MP3" or "midi" to download a sound file. To download a PDF of the music, click on "PDF."
Art Song Central
Are you a singer or a vocal teacher? If so, you'll enjoy perusing Art Song Central, a repository of music for over 250 classical and traditional vocal pieces intended for study and performance and written for solo voice and piano accompaniment. To browse them, you'll need to go to the Song Index, where the songs are arranged by composer, then by song title. If you don't know the composer of the song you are interested in, there is a search function to the right of the page, "Search Art Song Central," where you can type in a title or parts of a title and quickly retrieve a song that way if it's available on the site.
To access music for a song, click on its listing, which will include the composer and the title. Suppose you're interested in Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, arranged by Granville Bantock. When you click on the title, you'll pull in a page with important information about the song, including its key signature and vocal range. To download the music, click on the PDF file link, which will be the title of the song under "Sheet Music" and "Free at Art Central." You can also, in many instances, download sound files, whether in MP3 or midi format.
Choral Public Domain Library
The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) hosts over 25,000 pieces of choral and vocal music penned by more than 2,800 composers with accompaniments that include orchestra, mixed ensemble, brass or wind ensemble, and jazz band, among others. To search this treasure trove, you can use the "Search Choral Wiki" function to the left of the page, near the top. You can also browse the composer catalog, look at works listed according to composer, or search for pieces by title. You can also make use of the subcategories on the title page, which include sacred music, secular music, and works by multiple composers.
Downloading music from the CPDL is simple. Hone in on the work you want to access whether by searching for a specific piece or browsing the site. For instance, suppose you want to download Jubilate Deo by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Click on the title of the song, in this case from the page for works by multiple composers. When you get to the page for the song, look for the CPDL number. Next to the number, you'll find a PDF icon. Click on the icon to pull up the PDF file for the song, which you can then either download or print.
RowyNet offers classical music for instruments including accordion, violin, organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, recorder, and voice. Navigating the site is pretty simple, but it's a bit different from what you might be used to. You can click on the images on the main site that feature works for specific instruments by individual composers, but these change each time the site is loaded.
Your best bet is to open the site menu by clicking on the rightmost icon at the top of the page, which will show "open menu" when you hover your mouse over it. You'll get a site menu that is arranged by instrument. Click on one of the instruments to access available sheet music. Once you're on a page from which you can download music, you can also reach a drop down menu from the top of the page from where you can search for music by composer or instrument. To acquire the music, click on the download icon to the bottom left of each title, and you will get a PDF file you can either download or print.
Cantorion is a website with a lot to offer: an excellent selection of public domain music in genres you might expect, such as classical music, hymns, and marches, as well as music from styles that might surprise you, such as jazz, tango, and mazurka. The music is for a range of instruments, including strings, winds, and mixed ensembles. The best way to find music on this site is to go directly to the search page, from which you can type titles or composers into the search function. You can also browse music by composer, instrument, or type of composition.
Suppose you go to the category Welsh Music and decide you want to download Land of My Fathers, the national anthem of Wales. Clicking on the title will bring you to a page with information about the song and user reviews of the music. Click on the green download icon to the right of the page, and you'll bring in a PDF file which you can either download or print. To listen to the music, click on the gray listen icon to the right of the page, and you'll bring up an embedded video that will let you hear the music and watch it being played.
Barbershop Harmony Society
If you're a fan of barbershop quartets, you'll have a lot of fun perusing the Barbershop Harmony Society website. They offer music in the a capella four-part barbershop style, intended for vocalists who like to harmonize together. You'll find music in four sections: free and easy, heritage of harmony, gospel arrangements, and music for the society's Remembrance Day. You can access each section from a link at the top of the page, or you can scroll down the main page to see what's available.
Acquiring music from the Barbershop Harmony Society is easy. Just click on a title, and you'll pull in a PDF file you can either print or download. Much of the music includes fascinating tidbits about the history of each song. Along with some of the songs, you'll find a link you can click to listen, which will stream an MP3 file. If you are involved in delivering singing valentines, then you're in for a treat. The Barbershop Harmony Society offers singing valentine introductions for both men and women.
The Violin Site
Violinists will enjoy checking out the sheet music at the Violin Site. The site is geared toward classical musicians, and the music is arranged alphabetically by composer names. There's also a search function on the page into which you can plug a title or other search terms to find music on the site.
Whether you find music by browsing through the composers or using the search function, you can access it by clicking on the title of the piece. If you're interested in finding violin music by Johannes Brahms, you can click on his name from the main page. Look through the music titles until you find a piece that interests you. Click on the title, and you'll bring in a PDF file that can be either downloaded or printed.
Broaden Your Musical Horizons
Learning new kinds of music will improve your ability to read different kinds of styles, from music written for solo instruments to choral and even orchestral scores. By exploring music in various genres from different periods, you'll develop not only your musical abilities but also your appreciation for music in all its diversity.