I often get asked where I go online for music.
There seems to be so much free music on the web, it’s hard to know where to start looking (and it’s often hard to tell which sites are legal!).
Here are the places that I go for sheet music online:
IMSLP Library – My go-to classical resource. The best resource for out-of-print classical music.
G Major Music Theory – Cool beginner music arrangements for free. I use these lots with my beginners and even beginner teens who like to play music that they’ve heard before.
Music for Music Teachers – Similar site to the one above with good free beginner arrangements of famous tunes. Ignore the Google Ads at the top of the page and just click the links to the pieces below.
Sheet Music Fox – Collection of classical piano/organ works. They also have an app!
Noviscore – is a new player in the market and they differentiate themselves by offering three levels of difficulty of each piece, specially arranged by a small team of pianists. The arrangements are very good and they also offer accompaniment arrangements (eg. if you’re accompanying a singer or you’re teaching your students how to do this) and parts for instruments in different keys. If you’ve got students wanting to play film and pop, check out this site.
Ultimate-Guitar – This is the place to go for chords when you can’t find the sheet music!
Sheet Music Plus – This site will be familiar to most teachers as they have just about everything and now offer PDF downloads.
My blogging friend Amanda Smith (did you read her article: 5 Steps to Avoiding a Piano Teaching Rut?) runs a blog called Modern Music Teaching which has an excellent page of free sheet music links. Make sure you check out the rest of her resources while you’re there.
What great sites have I missed? Leave your thoughts below.
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.