Free Stuff

Free Downloads

MIDI tracks were generated using Finale. Vocal tracks are available from Melissa VanHousen (MelVan Tracks). Those are not free; you’ll pay her normal fee. But her prices are very reasonable and she does a terrific job.


Music Notation

  • Finale
  • Sibelius
  • Dorico
  • MuseScore – Free open-source software for Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Noteflight – Web-based platform for creating and selling music.
  • Staffpad – Notation app for the MS Surface platform and iPad
  • Scoring Notes – Excellent blog focusing on music notation programs, music technology, and music preparation. From NYC Music Services, a music preparation company in New York City. Covers all the major programs but especially good for Sibelius and Dorico
  • Finale Blog – From MakeMusic, the makers of Finale

Historic Recordings

  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project – UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library. Historic recordings from the era of Edison wax cylinders. Many pre-1938 barbershop quartets are in this collection, digitized and freely available.
  • The Great 78 Project – Community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78rpm records. Part of the Internet Archive
  • The Shellac Stack – A great podcast, hosted by Bryan Wright, that plays 78rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. Not limited to barbershop; great variety and great fun!

Selected Sheet Music Collections

Copyright and Public Domain

(Please note: I’m not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. I’ve found these sites helpful in educating myself about copyright matters.  Consult an attorney if you have questions about a specific copyright issue. These sites are US-specific; users from outside the US should consult copyright resources in their home country.)