It’s 2pm and you haven’t finished prepping for your afternoon music lessons!
Suddenly you realize you need to get that easy version of the classic Journey Song, “Don’t Stop Believin’. You break out in cold sweats, your heart starts to palpitate as you envision yourself scrambling to transcribe and write out a hand-drawn lead sheet for your best student.
As you scribble furiously in your manuscript notebook, you remember someone saying that they found a beginners version of this song online. You look at your watch, it’s now 2:14pm. Darn! Where to go?
Relax. Take a cool drink of your iced tea, and fire up your web browser. Here’s a great list of places to find most of what you need. And if it’s not here, you can always go down to the library…remember that place, the big giant stacks of books with funny numbers on the spines…
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Public Domain Sheet Music
- IMSLP (imslp.org)
This is called the Petrucci Music library. It boasts 96,398 works · 324,269 scores · 36,507 recordings · 12,988 composers · 338 performers as part of it categorized works.
- Choral Public Domain Library (cpdl.org)
This particular site focuses on choral freeware and has over 20,000 available scores.
- Mutopia (mutopiaproject.org)
This site has mostly classicalcomposers but a few contemporary as well. There are over 1900 pieces of music now available to print or download from the site.
- Celtic Scores (celticscores.com)
The focus of this public domain site is for the preservation of celtic music. It includes over 300 selections for the bagpipe along with many other traditional pieces.
- Library Of Congress (www.loc.gov)/
This is the Library of Congress access to public domain music that they have in their records.
- Harvard Loeb Music Library (harvard.edu)
Scanned images of rare and unique musical scores from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
- Art Song Central (artsongcentral.com)
Sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire. Scanned PDFs, also some MIDI and MP3 files available.
Paid Online Sheet Music
- Online Sheet Music (onlinesheetmusic.com)
We provide the music industry’s most extensive selection of fully licensed legal digital sheet music available online.
- Music Notes (musicnotes.com)
I use these guys way too much. Very convenient in a pinch. Sheet Music and Guitar Tab Downloads for nearly 300,000 Arrangements.
Offline Music – Sheet Music Delivered By Post
Sometimes you really want to have the highest resolution sheet music in a book right on your stand.
- Sheet Music Plus (sheetmusicplus.com)
Over 1,000,000 sheet music titles — from beginner to professional, bestselling Pop music books to hard-to-find Classical editions.
- Music Room (musicroom.com)
A selection of sheet music, books about music, tuition books, music software, and musical instruments & accessories.
- JW Pepper (jwpepper.com)
A large selection from over 110,000 pieces of music for band, choir, orchestra, piano, voice and guitar.
What’s your favorite sources for sheet music?
Please comment below with your favorite places/websites/blogs for sheet music. I’ll update this list as I hear from you.