Noteflight

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Compose, share, and comment on original tunes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to write original compositions. Choosing the key, clef, and other elements can help them understand basic music theory. They'll also observe how effects like a crescendo change a piece's sound and can express themselves through lyrics. Templates that range from piano to a rock band with lead and back-up vocals and guitars help kids experience writing for different instruments and sounds. Noteflight lets kids develop music skills through creative experimentation; input from a trusted adult will help extend the learning experience.

Positive Messages

With Noteflight, kids can build confidence as they experiment with music creation and get feedback from other musicians.

Violence
Sex

Some message board posts mention sex, but it's generally in a non-salacious way.

Language

Words like "f--k" and "s--t" are used in occasional message board posts.

Consumerism

A basic subscription is free, and users won't be flooded with ads. Ones who want to create more than 10 compositions need to purchase a Crescendo membership for $49 a year or $7.95 a month.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Site forums contain occasional references to drugs and being drunk, although many of the posts condemn drug usage.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noteflight is a composition application that allows budding musicians to write music from just about anywhere. Kids don't have to submit or prove their age to register; they just need to enter an e-mail address and password. Users can include their name, Facebook and Twitter username, location, and photo in their profiles. Forum comments are generally positive but some get pretty personal, including posts about dating, crushes, and a considerable amount of angst on a board designated for random conversation.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bybradeblo August 3, 2013

awesome!!!

best and coolest music composer ever! i was looking for a music composer websites for years! and finally i found one!
Teen, 13 years old Written bygallows-calibrator April 2, 2015

Common Sense Media is WRONG about language - NF is a great site.

I am a fairly active forum poster, Intr0tenor. Swearing is NOT allowed (the members flag posts with cursing) and everyone is part of a friendly community. The N... Continue reading

What's it about?

This fairly easy-to-use tool lets kids create musical compositions. Starting with a blank score, kids use toolbar options to adjust time signature, tempo, key signature and choose from a wide range of musical symbols. A free account lets kids create up to 10 songs using 15 instruments. They can listen to their songs with the playback feature, keep pieces private, or share them publicly. A paid subscription allows for an unlimited number of pieces, up to 50 instruments, the option to share with individual users, an audio mixing panel, and the ability to annotate songs.

Is it any good?

The cloud-based NOTEFLIGHT application lets users write and share music online. Kids with some previous experience reading or playing music will likely catch on quickly; beginners may need to spend more time testing out the composition tool's many options. But videos and a user guide offer additional help, and kids can immediately hear what they're writing. Users rely on each other for feedback to improve; without any, they may have a hard time moving on to more challenging compositions. Parents may also have concerns about kids coming into contact with strangers through site forums and comments. However, with a little guidance, this well-organized tool, packed with customizable features, can be a good resource to help spark kids' creativity and interest in music theory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how you can express creativity and feelings through music. How can you represent different emotions, like happiness or sadness, in songs?

  • Users can let other composers comment on their work on the site. What privacy concerns might arise from making your songs public?

  • If a user posts a mean or hurtful comment about one of the scores you've composed, how should you respond?

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