Composing in the cloud… for free!

Notation software has come a long way since my first encounters with MIDI and sequencers in the late 1990’s even before the .mp3 format came on the scene.  One of my latest discoveries has been the online program called “Noteflight” (  All I can say is wow!  I really like having the ability to write music on the go from any computer with no standing software installed other than a web browser.  Recently, I have been composing a bass quartet for my young students in the UT String Project and this is perfect for that application- plus I can access my files from home and on campus because all the files and data is stored online.  The best part is that if you sign up for the free account you still get all the basics you would from a program like Finale Notepad which is now no longer free.  I haven’t explored all the features of this program but I can see a lot of great applications especially for sharing content with private students and use in the college theory classroom.


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David Ballam Doctoral Student at the University of Texas at Austin Doublebass Instructor: UT String Project & Round Rock School District BLOG: WEB:
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One Response to Composing in the cloud… for free!

  1. j scheidel says:

    Imagine how much more the intelligent the great and not-so-great composers of old must have been in having to depend completely on the capacity of their minds than incompletely as do the moderns who compositionally walk with the crutch of the capacity of an ‘intelligent’ technology.

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