Finding decent, easy to play clarinet sheet music for free is not as hard as some might believe. The beautiful thing about the clarinet is that it can play sheet music written for almost any instrument as long as it falls within the playable range of the performer. In other words, a clarinet player doesn't have to play ONLY clarinet sheet music. If you are playing solo you can play almost any music that falls within your playable range. Focus on looking for sheet music for instruments that are also pitched in the key of B-flat like the trumpet, or tenor saxophone. Flute or piano music can in some cases can be played on the clarinet, making finding free sheet music a fairly easy proposition if you know where to look.
Major commercial sites like JW Pepper and SheetMusicPlus.com offer almost every piece of clarinet sheet music available, but unfortunately it won't be free. The clarinet collections available through free music sites like the clarinet archive at The Mutopia Project and the the clarinet section of the Internet Music Scores Library Project are great places to start but there are other more specific sources that should also be considered for special purposes. For easy, beginner level pieces take a look at the list of easy clarinet sheet music here at MusicEdMagic.
Free Sources of Advanced Clarinet Sheet Music
For those who have several years of clarinet instruction under their belt and are looking for more advanced solos and ensemble pieces that might be played as part of a collegiate level clarinet recital or for an advanced group of high school clarinetists.
Sites from noted clarinet pedagogy institutions often provide advanced level music for download with most of it being well established pieces by major composers that now are in the public domain. Some may also be arrangements of the original works or transcriptions that were originally written for different instruments. The Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles is one such organization, and they host a fairly large list of dozens of solos, small ensembles, and chamber music pieces.
Another excellent collegiate level site for finding scans of out of print and public domain music is the Sheet Music Consortium. This site serves as a hub to connect to over two dozen college library collections around the country. Collectively they contain hundreds of thousands of pieces of sheet music, all of which can be viewed and printed for free. The amount of pieces listed specifically as clarinet is not large, but by using the tips mentioned at the beginning of this article you can find many more.
All In One Free Clarinet Sheet Music Search Engines
Another option if there is a specific title you are looking for is to use the sheet music search engine here at Music Education Magic. Simply type in your title and it will search dozens of hand picked sites that deal only with free sheet music and return the most relevant results. Be sure to include the word clarinet in any search query if you want it to restrict results to just clarinet titles. With this and the other sites mentioned above finding downloadable sheet music for clarinet just became a whole lot easier.