Sheet Music - Online Resources

The Music Library subscribes to one online site which offers printed (and print-able) music.

  • Music Online [electronic resource] : Classical Scores Library

    Accessible with your Western username and password.

  • Schubertline - USER-PAY

    Sadly, this site no longer offers a subscription option to either institutions or individuals, but can be an absolute godsend when you require a single art song in an elusive key.

    The online score service for singers and accompanists: instant printed sheet music of lieder, songs, and arias - view, play and print in any key, using Sibelius Scorch, the free software for downloading and printing sheet music from the Internet. Payment in either $US or GBP on your credit card.

Free Online Sheet Music Sources

  • The Drs. James L. and Margaret Whitby Music Collections:

    A magnificent gift (in-process) to Western University of several thousand titles of printed music published between 1760 and 1850. These titles are freely-available to music scholars, professional musicians, and music-making amateurs alike.

  • Sheet Music from Canada's Past

    Copyright-free sheet music published in Canada before 1921, selected from Library and Archives Canada's historical collection.

  • IMSLP / Petrucci Music Project

    The free public domain sheet music library, hosted in Canada. IMSLP has recently developed a subscription option, but one needs only to wait 15 seconds to use the free option.

  • The Juilliard Manuscript Collection

    Access to 140 digitized autographed manuscripts ranging from Beethoven to Mahler to Copland.

  • Early Music Online

    Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitised from microfilm.

  • Historic American Sheet Music

    Rare book, manuscripts etc. from Duke University.

  • Indiana University "In Harmony" Sheet Music

    A selection of sheet music from the Liily Library- part of Indiana University's Digital Library Program.

  • African American Sheet Music, 1850-1920

    Subject, name, and title access to digitzied images of 1,305 pieces of African American sheety music from Brown University.

  • The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

    From the John Hopkins University. An online catalogue of over 29,000 pieces of American sheet music dating from 1780 to 1960.

  • Choral Public Domain Library

    Free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.

  • MusOpen

    Access to free copies of recordings, textbooks, and sheet music.

  • MuseScore

    MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file.

  • Score-Online

    Offers free downloads of sheet music available in the public domain.

Composer-Specific Websites