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Peer Review


by Joe Berkovitz


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 02, 2010 by Music
Overview: Noteflight is an online music notation software. It’s the music notation version of Google docs. Scores are saved at Noteflight server. It’s free, you just need to create an account to start using it. With a paid subscription (Noteflight Learning Edition) teachers can create activities templates for their students. It Integrates seamlessly with web-based Learning Management Systems (LMS) products such as Blackboard and Moodle.
Type of Material: HTML, Flash.
Recommended Uses: As a simple, but effective online notation software for music teachers.
Technical Requirements: Multimedia enabled browser Flash version.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Online notation software that can be used to write music. From music theory exercises to musical compositions. The students can listen to whatever they write using good quality instrument sounds (piano, bass, drums, violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, saxophones, trumpet, trombone and many more). The Learning Edition is an excellent tool for teachers. When you create an assignment, Learning Edition automatically gives each student their own copy to work on. You can review individual students’ work and provide feedback directly in their scores. You can even see how a piece has evolved by looking at previously saved versions.
Target Student Population: High school or university students specializing in music.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The student must know how to write music.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Powerful, free and very easy to use online notation software.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Users can share scores. Good quality instrument sounds. Multiple instruments can be used, from a single instrument to small ensembles. Supports up to two voices per staff. Supports change in time signature, key signatures and clef. Score can be exported and imported using the Music XML format supported by other notation software like Finale and Sibelius.
Concerns: Is not as powerful as Finale or Sibelius, so it may not be appropriated for advanced arrangers and composers.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Probably the easiest notation software available.
Concerns: None.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States