Music Composition Resources

On this page you will find Internet resources covering many aspects of music composition. Please suggest any websites you recommend as suitable for a link on the Million Dollar Composition website!


  1. Internet sites/Directories
  2. Software
  3. Composers
  4. FAQs
  5. Competitions
  6. Lyrics and Notation
  7. Songwriting
  8. Organizations
  9. Theory


1. Internet sites/Directories

Top


2. Software

Free music notation software

  • Brahms a fully-featured midi sequencer, music notation program and music laboratory for Linux.
  • CMN (Common Music Notation) is a free western music notation package written in Common Lisp. Freeware, multi-platform.
  • Finale Notepad the freeware version of Finale (see below).
  • GNU LilyPond is a freeware and open-source music notation program for Windows and Linux. is an automated engraving system. It formats music beautifully and automatically, and has a friendly syntax for its input files. It prints music in the best traditions of classical engraving with minimum fuss.
  • HarmonyScore is a free online score writer and editor. It is easy-to-use and can be launched from any web browser, provided Java is present on the user's computer.It is ideal for anyone who wants to compose music on the fly, and then email it to friends or post it on a public database.

Commercial music notation software

  • Finale Music notation software including Finale Notepad, the freeware version of Finale.
  • NoteWorthy Composer, a software music composition and notation processor for Windows.

Top


3. Composers

  • The Living Composers Project Find information on today's composers as provided by the composers themselves. The Living Composers Project is a non-profit database begun in 2000, which aims to provide composers, listeners, performers, and researchers with a source of information about the music of our time. All information included in the project has been verified by the composers in the hope of increasing both the reliability and usefulness of the information.
  • Essentials of Music: Composers Brief biographies of nearly 70 classical composers, which will bring to life the artists and their works. In many cases hear examples of their works.
  • Classical Composers Database One of the oldest Internet sites about classical music composers. Search 2780 composers.

Top


4. FAQs

Top


5. Competitions

Top


6. Lyrics and Notation

  • LYRICS & NOTATION Site Inclusion Directory
  • Musicstudents.com Offers sheet music for wind and string instruments. Includes audio files for accompaniment. This is a place where musicians can find material to make practicing more fun. They provide sheet music with matching sound files - it's like having a band back you up! You can improve your ear and your timing by playing along with these accompaniments.
  • Lyrics Expert features lyrics from over 1,500 artists.
  • Lyrics.com Features a large searchable directory of song lyrics and ability to search lyrics by categories such as hottest hits, love songs, and the 80's.

Top


7. Songwriting

  • Songwriters Resource Network is a trusted news and education resource for songwriters, song lyricists and music composers. The mission of Songwriters Resource Network is to inform and empower songwriters by providing reliable information on all aspects of songwriting, lyric writing, composition and music publishing.
  • The Songwriter Forums
  • Songwriters Directory Database of songwriters and related resources including contests, legal information, magazines, news and associations.
  • Irene Jackson's: Songwriting Tips Here you will find plenty of tips, tricks and info on the craft (and even some on the business) of writing songs.

Top


8. Organizations

Top


9. Theory

Top