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[tag]Coda[/tag] [tag]Music[/tag] has done something wonderful for the music world and you should take full advantage of their generosity. Finale Notepad [tag]2007[/tag] has been released and once again it is totally free. Finale Notepad is an amazing tool for the price. Using it will inspire creativity, fortify musical understanding and promote music literacy.
If you are a teacher, you can easily add [tag]Finale[/tag] [tag]Notepad[/tag] into your everyday lessons and plans. Because it’s free and crosses O/S platforms ([tag]Mac[/tag] or [tag]Windows[/tag]), having any computer or [tag]computer lab[/tag] available to you is all that you will need in order to utilize this very useful program.
You do not need a music [tag]keyboard[/tag] or [tag]M.I.D.I.[/tag] device to use Finale Notepad. As a matter of fact, those things won’t help you at all, since M.I.D.I. type features are reserved for the upgraded versions of Finale. Despite this restriction, [tag]Finale Notepad[/tag] actually is quite useful and beneficial for individuals and school music programs alike.
The Top 10 things you can do (for Free) with Finale Notepad 2007:
1. Easily create “Fake Book” music
2. Easily create [tag]guitar[/tag] [tag]tab[/tag]
3. Easily perform music [tag]transposition[/tag]s
4. Quickly [tag]create[/tag] and notate music- using up to eight staves
5. View music in “C” or [tag]concert[/tag] pitch
6. Easily “jot down” musical ideas
7. Hear your “musical ideas” back
8. Listen to music at faster or slower speeds than the original
9. [tag]Print[/tag] out music for later use
10. Share your ideas with others using Finale’s Showcase
Good Reasons why Finale Notepad Should Be In Every Music Educator’s “Tool Box”:
1. It’s Free!
2. You can easily transpose music for your students
3. It’s Free!
4. You can quickly write missing parts for your ensembles and instrumentalists
5. It’s Free!
6. You can download music from http://www.classicalarchives.com and incorporate it into your classes (using Finale Notepad to view it) for discussions and as examples (Classical Archives is free too!).
7. It’s [tag]Free[/tag]!
8. You can use it as a creative [tag]tool[/tag], [tag]exploring[/tag] music [tag]writing[/tag] and composition with your students
9. It’s Free!
10. You can write tests with it using a combination of the text tool and notation tools
11. It’s Free!
12. There is no limit to the amount of computers that you can place the software on
13. It’s Free!
14. You can easily use “screen capture” software to grab images of your music and incorporate the images into your word processing documents
15. It’s Free!
16. You can make templates that graphically demonstrate the different types of chords, inversions and intervals and have the students both see and hear the examples
17. It’s Free!
18. You can explore different rhythmical elements and polyrhythms that you may not be able to easily demonstrate yourself
19. It’s Free!
20. Your student’s will be “blown away” by being able to do something MUSICAL in “computer lab”…
And the number one reason to use Finale in your [tag]classroom[/tag] IS …
IT’S FREE! … and it works with both Macs and Windows! :)
You can download Finale Notepad, for free, at http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/
You can also submit your music created with Finale software and search for music that others have created and made available, free of charge, by visiting https://www.finalemusic.com/showcase/fs_home.asp
If you like this article, or have something to add or comment about, please feel free!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.