In the ancient days before the internet, people had a pretty rough time getting their hands on the sheet music. Today you can get access to sheet music in seconds, and in some cases, you can get them for free!
Note: some of the sites in this post contain a combination of free and paid sheet music. We have still included them in the list because they still generally have a good amount of free material. We are not affiliated with any of these providers.
Whether you want to play classical music or some modern pop music, the chances are that the score is available online. There’s an abundance of websites that provide sheet music, both paid and free. You also don’t necessarily need to print them anymore, as you can just use your computer or tablet to read them up and play as you go.
In this article, we’re going to present you some of the top free websites for sheet music. We know that there’s an abundance of them but we sat down and sifted through the lot and got out the jewels just for you. Some of these sites also have a paid version and that will be noted when we present them. Websites are not ordered by quality, but simply written down.
The International Music Score Library Project (or Petrucci Music Library or just IMSLP), is one of the best known and well-equipped music sheet libraries online.
On this site, you can find both sheet music as well as recordings of many composers from ancient ages to modern music. If you’re looking for any sheet music for classical music this is your place to be. You can also buy a subscription for 2.99$/month, and get full access to the recording library, which is really huge.
2. 8 notes
8 notes are a mixture of music lessons and sheet music site. It’s mainly free for use and covers a lot of ground – both modern pop songs and classical ones and most of the instruments out there.
You can get a subscription at a rate of 20$ per year, which includes unlimited access to everything this site has to offer – PDF sheets, play along with MP3 music and so on. You will also get free additional content as well as the free transposition of all pieces and separate instrument pieces. All in all, great content can be found on this site.
Mutopia is a sheet music site that is completely free and is based on a free license so it can be used as you please. They currently have more than 2000 different scores from different time periods.
The great thing about them is that they have a cooperation with LillyPond software, giving you free access to the scores that are in format for LillyPond to read and work with. Also, you can get them in PDF to print easily.
4. Free Scores
Another large collection of all kinds of sheet music. Free scores offer more than 100.000 different scores, which are all free for use. Some of them can have certain restrictions, but these are meant for the performers, not for practicing the pieces.
This is a great site for any classical instrument player to look at since there is sheet music for almost every instrument out there.
5. Muse Score
Musescore is not just a sheet website, but a whole software built around music scores. You can download the program (or app, available on iOS, Android and Microsoft) for free and after that, you can access the sheet music from their site.
There are some that have to be paid if the pieces are still licensed, but there is a lot of the pieces that are free since they are in the public domain. The great thing is also that community, people that are using the app, are constantly uploading more and more of the sheets, with their own compositions, so there is a lot of interesting new sounds to be found.
The software is also great if you’re transposing MIDI to sheet music or when you’re writing your own scores while composing or transcribing.
6. Music Notes
MusicNotes is a partially free website with more than 20 years of history behind them. They were one of the first to start transcribing sheet music to virtual format and today they have grown to have more than 300.000 pieces in their library, from ancient to most modern music hits.
To be able to fully use all of their products, you have to pay a subscription, which can be paid at a rate of 7.99$/year and 9.99$/year. For that, you will get a discount on purchases, unlimited access to their iOS and Android apps and free transposition of every song you wish to buy.
7. Band Music PDF
With more and more of the music entering the public domain as the years go by, there is more and freer stuff for everyone to enjoy. Band Music PDF is an online library of all parade, school band music there is.
The downside is that it’s all meant for the parades, marches and so on, but if you’re in one, this will be a treasure cove. Also, it’s all free!
If you’re learning how to play the piano (or already know) you probably don’t want to play 300-year-old classical music, but something fresher when somebody asks you to take over the spot. Pianotte is a perfect place to get them, which includes mainly modern pop and rock hits are available for anyone in PDF format.
The only downside to this is that the sheets are written only for piano and not for other instruments. But if you’re even mildly familiar with sheet music, you will find it easy to read and transpose anything you need for your instrument.
Gutenberg project was a free book sharing project that was shut down in 2006, but their musical scores are still maintained. Together with the scores, you can also find many books on many languages on music, covering all sorts of music theory and different genres in classical and modern music.
ChoralWiki is another specialized sheet music website with which we’re closing on this list. The main thing about this site is that it specializes, as the name suggests, on choir music. As such, they are the main site for choir music scores and have a vast library of different pieces you can use for free.
They do look like they are a Wikipedia project, but they are registered to a separate company. For what it’s worth, they do operate on Wikipedia rules, so you can be sure you’re getting good information when you go there for your scores.