Teacher Review For Noteflight

Powerful music notation tool with a collaborative environment.

Joanna S.
Classroom teacher
Carolina Friends School
Durham, NC
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have primarily used this to create quick scores with students on my interactive whiteboard, and for my more advanced middle school students to notate their compositions. This year I plan to use it for my 3rd and 4th grade recorder students to create their own songs.
My Take
Noteflight is a powerful alternative to notation software such as Sielius or Finale. It was recently upgraded from Flash to HTML5 so it runs in browsers on computers and mobile devices. It does require Internet access to use--a con in some areas. It is pretty intuitive and the sounds are decent, but MIDI keyboard entry is only available with the paid version and is quite clunky due to browser limitations (it is step entry only). Because the product is entirely in traditional music notation, teachers of younger children or general music classes may prefer to use it themselves but not spend money on the fuller-featured classroom options. Excellent lesson plans from the Vermont MIDI project are available for free, and cover multiple standards in grades 3-12.