Best Music Freeware: Finale Music Notation Software, Notepad 2008

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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 an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many 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 at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He 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, 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

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