Best Music Freeware: Finale Music Notation Software, Notepad 2008

Music Educator’s Freeware Toolkit (Currently- filling our toolbox)

Update: Please note, this post if 4+ years old as of this update and Finale Notepad is not longer free… Please search for Musescore and/or Noteflight for a better free/open-source alternative.

Title: Finale NotePad 2007 – 2008

Category: Freeware Notation Program

Description: Compose music using this handy freeware notation program.

Screen SnapShot:
Pict of Finale Notepad

Tested On Which System (before posting): XP

Teaching Ideas: This software is great for all your students or anyone who needs a basic music notation program.  New with 2008, you can use a keyboard for stepwise MIDI input!  This is a must have for any of your students and can easily be put on your school’s computer lab or their own computers for them to explore music theory and composition ideas.  It’s available for PC and Mac.

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Best regards,

J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website