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Noteflight

Online Music Writing Application


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Published 06/29/2011 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Noteflight provides musicians with an easy way to compose and share their compositions online. The application provides a tool to create new music, which can be read and printed from the website. Users can collaborate with band members, friends and anyone else through Noteflight. The application also supports guitar tablature. The user can hear notation and access Noteflight on any internet browser. The user’s score is given its own web address that can be passed on to anyone else. Music can also be linked from other websites or embedded into web pages and blogs. Noteflight also provides tools for teachers and music instructors. The user can provide access for students and access additional premium features.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The concept for Noteflight was born out of a need identified by the applications’ creators. In 2007, the creators began searching for notation software. They noticed most included primitive features that did not reflect modern technology and its capabilities. They wanted to build a tool that made it easier to write and share music over the web. Today, the result of that effort is evident in Noteflight. The company is based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What are the differences to other apps?

Noteflight is appealing to musicians for a number of reasons. The application provides all the tools the user needs to compose notation and guitar tablature. The user’s work is stored online and can be easily accessed using a simple URL provided by Noteflight. The user can share the URL or embed their composition into a website or blog.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Noteflight website uses a very elegant design that makes it very easy to identify the purpose of the site. A black header is accented by a sprawling staff with musical notation. The stylish red and white Noteflight logo is found in the upper, left hand corner of the page. The rest of the site features dancing figures, notation images and other music-themed visual elements.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Noteflight account by clicking the white and red “Sign Up Now” button found along the right hand side of the homepage. The following page asks the user to choose between a free or paid membership. The basic registration form asks for an email address, country or region location, optional site URL and what the user is (a composer, music student, music teacher, professor, software developer, performer, etc.). The user must also enter the code provided at the bottom of the form to prove that they are human before submitting their information.

What does it cost to use the application?

Noteflight offers users a free and paid membership. The free membership includes access to the music notation editor, the ability to link, embed and share scores with audio playback, up to 10 scores per account, over 10 basic instrument sounds, any number of staves, high quality score printing, up to 20 levels of undo history, guitar and bass tablature editor access, the ability to sync with YouTube videos and MP3s and the ability to export and import MIDI and Music XML files. The paid membership costs around $8 per month or approximately $50 per year and includes unlimited scores, over 50 high quality instruments, direct MIDI note entry, audio mixing panel access, the ability to print individual parts of a score, over 35 templates for new scores, learning activities and the ability to color or hide notes and symbols.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Noteflight is a valuable tool for musicians and composers. The application gives users a virtual location to store their music as well as many easy ways to share their compositions. Audio features are also included .

  • Compose new music and save it on Noteflight
  • Share your work using a URL provided by Night Flight
  • Add instrument sounds to your composition
  • Print scores or parts of scores (with paid membership only)
  • Sync your music up with YouTube videos or MP3s


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Noteflight pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Most expensive plan (per month) : $7.95
(unlimited number of scores, 50+ high-quality instruments, direct MIDI note entry)

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