Most music teachers at some time or another will have a need to “write” music of some kind – whether an original composition of any length, or some simple exercises to give to students. When that time comes, you can either do it by hand, or use notation software on the computer.
If you choose to notate your music on the computer, you have a few advantages:
- Readability – it looks like professionally published music when printed
- Accuracy – it can play back your music for you so you can listen to make sure it sounds right. You also don’t have to worry about erasers or white-out when you need to change a note.
- Speed – you can hook up a MIDI keyboard and actually “play” your music onto the screen
If you haven’t taken advantage of music notation software before, you might want to give it a try. Good music notation packages can be quite expensive (several hundred dollars). However, Coda Music has a simplified version of their Finale suite called “Finale Notepad”, and it is completely free! While the full version has a lot more features, Finale Notepad has been feature-rich enough for all my music notation needs. And they have versions for both Windows and Mac.
You can download Finale Notepad for free at: