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Noteflight

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Compose, share, and comment on original tunes.

What parents need to know

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
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.

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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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

Subjects:Language & Reading: discussion
Arts: improvising and music analysis, music, rhythm
Skills:Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Genre:Creating
Topics:Music and sing-along
Price:Free-$295 a year
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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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!
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
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 Noteflight members I know are mostly 12-16, and we're a circle of good friends who talk to and support each other.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bytheexpertmusicwriter November 21, 2015

The Best Music Website

What I think of noteflight? Well, it's amazing! It's easy to interact with, you can get help easily, teachers can use this for students, you learn so much more about music theory... You can navigate noteflight very easily. It has an almost homey look with the browns and reds, but the most important part is the easy to read and understand format. You have all the necessities on the left and you have your New Score button, search bar, and any information you could possibly need nestled right up at the top, It even has a collection of about 10 youtube videos on how to use, edit, share, publish, and printing your piece. There are also two extra 'memberships' that you can by, Noteflight Premium (formerly known as Crescendo) and Noteflight Learn. In the premium, you get tons of new instruments and abilities. You can even color the notes! In Learn, you get the new instruments and abilities plus a special program that you can use with your students if you are a teacher. There is plenty more, but there is one more important part: user interaction. Along with publishing your own music, you can search up and listen to other pieces written by other people. You can follow users and comment on their songs (only if they enable that). I've seen full out debates in the comments on the songs, and it's pretty cool seeing people argue about music instead the newest episode of (Insert horrible show here). You can also favorite songs too. You'll have a 'favorites' playlist so you can listen to all the cool songs out there! Over all, this is an amazing website. The only cons I have is that there isn't an app for it... I greatly recommend this!!!!!

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