11 of the Best Free Sheet Music Sites

Posted on November 15th, 2009 in Free, Music Tech Tips, Sheet Music. If you’re a music teacher on a tight budget it can be difficult to find the money to purchase sheet music for the myriad of music ensembles, instrumental and vocal students you may have at your school.  It’s good to know that these days there are literally hundreds of websites that offer free sheet music and a large percent of the titles are also copyright-free so you can arrange, transpose or transform the original to your heart’s content.  I’ve listed a few sites below, but if you’d like to find more, just search Google for “free sheet music”.
1. International Music Score Library Project A collection of public domain scores and scores from modern/current composers who are willing to share their work.
2. Mutopia A collection of public domain classical sheet music.  Their collection of modern editions is also growing.
3. The Gutenberg Sheet Music Project A sister project of the electronic book-sharing site Project Gutenberg
4. Choral Music Public Domain Started in 1998, this site is devoted to choral music
5. Band Music PDF Library They describe their collection as “music from the Golden Age of the American town band”.
6. Sheet Music Fox Has public domain music as well as links to other sites containing copyrighted music.
7. Free Scores Like some of the other sites, this one contains a variety of public domain scores and scores from current composers.  Check the licence page for details of how each piece can be used.
8. EZ Folk Folk songbooks from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s printed in their entirety.
9. Sibelius Music A place for Sibelius users to share their compositions and arrangements.  Not all are free, but you can include the word “free” in your search terms to narrow the choices.  There are more than 92,600 scores on this site.
10. Mus Open A collection of sheet music and mp3s.  Mus Open are even starting a collaborative text book project.
11. Public Domain Sherpa Although the sites above offer free sheet music it’s wise to be aware that not all titles are completely copyright-free.  Public Domain Sherpa offers a run-down of many sheet music sites (including ones not listed here) and lets you know whether the music may be subject to copyright restrictions.
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