Free Music Notation Software: Flat
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Most music teachers know that when it comes to creating original worksheets and examples for our students it is not always easy. We live in a world where Google is king however creating materials for music classes with google is not typically a walk in the park. If you’re anything like me, you most likely create the music notation part in a program like Finale, Sibelius or Muse Score and then take screen shots of the work to put into a Google Doc or slide for your students. Kind of a pain in the behind if you ask me. It’s a lot of back and forth between programs and half the time, in the end the work looks messy anyway. Today I made a discovery that has BLOWN MY MIND and I wanted to share it with you. The free music notation software, Flat will DRAMATICALLY change the way I create material for my kiddos.
What is it?
Flat is an add on in Google that makes it super simple to input music notation into a Google doc or slide. By getting this add on you can work right inside Google to create musical excerpts to use in your classroom.
Is it easy to use?
Over the past few years I have tried a couple different add-ons in Google to attempt to write music notation and it has been so difficult that I gave up after a short time. Today, within ten minutes of adding this I had created a worksheet and was using it with students. Super simple!
A resource to give you a quick overview
I was introduced to this add on by a colleague so I am super grateful to him for this! I went ahead and made a quick video showing how this works because often I think it’s easier to see it in action. Please take a look below! I hope you find it useful!
Check out the links below to see a few of the resources that I use most often in my classroom! (They also serve as great worksheets for a sub tub!)
If you have found ways for Google to help you in the classroom I would love to hear about it in the comments below!