This post is for all you music moms. Alison and Amy play violin and flute and a bit of piano in a teeny chamber group with some older ladies once a week. These ladies once belonged to a local community orchestra, and my girls have been introduced to some interesting composers and to some unfamiliar but delightful music. This has sparked some Google hunts for free sheet music files.
Recently I discovered this wonderful internet place, Hemingway's Studio, and already we have saved mucho bucks on sheet music. I don't know if you have ever done a search for free sheet music before, but it often results in pages and pages of links to other pages with links to other pages where you might find what you are looking for, after you register. The owner of this site got frustrated with that and decided to put it all in one place. At Hemingway's Studio you can find free, public domain, pdf sheet music in a wide variety of genres, for all kinds of instruments, plus audio files, a few video files, free pdf's on music theory, composer bio's, and lots more. The index lists composers in alphabetical order with their works. The title column tells you which instrument the piece is written for, and occasionally you will see "Good for beginners" as an added note.
Last week we downloaded Pleyel's Six Easy Duets, Op. 8, for two violins, and some others for violin and flute. Just saved $8. This afternoon I printed out some Brahms piano waltzes for Amy to play around with. Saved another $9. Since then she went to town and downloaded several more familiar pieces to which we didn't have the music. And since we don't have a decent music store in our town, we also saved on shipping!
I just love having good music in my home. ...Better start recording my kids. One day not too far in the future, the house is going to be mighty quiet.