One of the biggest issues regarding finding useful free sheet music is that the lyics to most of the songs are not found along with the sheet music files on the same site. Fortunately there are several places that you can find both free lyrics and sheet music in the same place for your favorite songs. MusicEdMagic is one of those places.
One of the biggest hurdles to finding useful (and free) sheet music is copyright. Unless the publisher has given permission to reprint the sheet music then publishing a copy of such a song is illegal in the United States and most other countries. Only music that has an expired copyright (also known as public domain music) is available for use free of charge.
Hundreds of people visit this site each day looking for the many free sheet music files that we provide, but few bother to read the entire article and realize that we also provide access to free lyrics AND sheet music for every song in our sheet music database (if the song has lyrics).
Here is a partial listing of all of the free lyrics and sheet music that we have available here at MusicEdMagic.com. Please note that all sheet music is available in PDF format for all common concert band instruments including the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. Many of the pieces also have voice parts which include the lyrics on the sheet music itself.
Christmas Sheet Music and Lyrics
Patriotic Sheet Music and Lyrics
Classical Sheet Music and Lyrics
Traditional and Folk Sheet Music and Lyrics
A few other web sites also offer legitimate, free sheet music. Most notable among these is the Mutopia Project, an effort to catalog and distribute notable, public domain sheet music by major composers. The Mutopia database is quite large and growing rapidly. Much of the music at Mutopia is classical literature written for the original instruments.
All of the sheet music on MusicEdMagic and the Mutopia site can be read using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. MusicEdMagic's files can also be read and edited using the Sibelius Music Notation Software program.
Chad Criswell is a career music educator working in the Iowa public schools. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications both online and in print. He currently serves as the national music technology writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine and has presented sessions at numerous music education conferences including the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
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