Noteflight

Common Sense Media says

Compose, share, and comment on original tunes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence
Not applicable
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.

Privacy & safety

If kids include their Facebook and Twitter information in their profile, it will appear as a hyperlink that other users can easily access. But they can make any composition private.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • improvising and music analysis

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Music-minded kids can use the site to compose more complex tunes; kids with limited experience should also find it fun, thanks to the interactive aspects and chance to communicate with other users.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by creating music with a tool that offers impressive options. Commenting and collaboration options deepen the learning experience.

Support

Several active forums give users a place to discuss recent compositions and other topics. Kids can find a lot of info on how to use the site, but there isn't much background on reading, writing, or playing music.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • improvising and music analysis

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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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?

QUALITY
 
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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Topics:Music and sing-along
Price:Free-$295 a year
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bybradeblo August 3, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

awesome!!!

best and coolest music composer ever! i was looking for a music composer websites for years! and finally i found one!
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bygallows-calibrator April 2, 2015
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 Noteflight members I know are mostly 12-16, and we're a circle of good friends who talk to and support each other.
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