Free Music Notation Software: Flat

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!

Resources

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!)

Rhythm Worksheets

Note Naming Worksheets

Key Signature Worksheets

If you have found ways for Google to help you in the classroom I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

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14 thoughts on “Free Music Notation Software: Flat”

  • Just found your site on Pinterest…so glad I did! I’m a middle school music teacher in my 7th year teaching. What an interesting age… 😉 I’m always looking for new resources to make things easier and more effective, and I’m looking forward to trying this out!

    Also, I teach piano and guitar classes currently. I’ve been considering adding ukuleles for next year, and your post may have just convinced me to go for it.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Lindsey!
      So nice to “meet” you! I would really recommend ukuleles- it has made such a difference in my classroom. I have been amazed at how many students I have had go out on their own to continue their ukulele studies outside of class. My general music classes tend to be a tough group of kiddos to reach and they have really gravitated towards the instrument. Best of luck to you!
      Jen

  • Thank you SO much for letting us know about this! Fantastic add-on that I’ll definitely be using in my classroom. Also found the Guitar Chords Add-ON as well, that allows you to transposed a whole page (s) of chords at once. Saves a ton of time doing it manually. Thanks again!

    • Honestly- not sure. We don’t use Smart Notebook anymore at our school. I will check with our tech dept and see if they have any answers!

  • I use google all the time and I thought I knew how to use it. I am so amazed at how useful google is. I love images and found out you can find royalty free images in google less than a week ago. Now there is add on for music, that can help the way you need it, that is so cool.

  • This is an awesome add on! I’m excited to use this with my daughter who composes a song each year. Is there a way to edit what you have inputted? I was just playing around with it a bit and couldn’t find a way to do that. Thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer- I just looked again and was able to pull it up. I don’t access it through the chrome store however. At the top of the doc click: add ons -> get add ons -> then type in “flat”. I hope that works for you!

  • I did not know about this add-on! Very Cool! I would like to recommend an alternative music notation software that’s proven to be very useful for teachers and students – ScoreCloud. Since the program creates sheet music straight from singing or playing an instrument, the learning curve is short. Therefore, it’s a fast way to get creative and start writing music.

    Please check it out if it sounds interesting! Free to download at http://www.scorecloud.com

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