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Noteflight review

Noteflight is an online music notation program with an intuitive workflow and a great selection of editing tools.

Noteflight review
(Image: © Noteflight)

Our Verdict

Noteflight is easy to use and has unique features for distributing finished arrangements.


  • Great support for educator platforms
  • Tiered membership, but even Premium is well priced
  • Access to the Noteflight Marketplace


  • You need an internet connection to use this software

Noteflight is an online music notation program with an intuitive workflow and a great selection of editing tools. Unlike a lot of the best music notation software, you don't need to download any software or save project files on your computer, making Noteflight a great option for laptops and desktop computers with limited CPU power and storage. Also, you can start a project on your home computer and continue work later on a different computer with internet access. However, it isn’t powerful enough to arrange large scores that include third-party plugins, as the browser gets bogged down, especially if your wireless internet speeds are slow.

Noteflight: What you need to know

This program is simple to set up. It walks you step by step through the process of creating a user account. You tell the software if you are using it to write and arrange or to find music to play as well as what your primary instrument is and what level composer and performer you are. The software saves all this information to your profile.


Noteflight allows you to use MIDI note entry.  (Image credit: Noteflight)

There are three membership levels: Basic, Premium and Learn. The Basic plan is free and allows you to create up to 10 scores, import and export MIDI and MusicXML files, and view and join groups. The Premium version is $8 per month or $50 per year and includes audio recording features, a volume mixer and 85 instrument sounds. When you purchase the Premium plan, you can also create and sell an unlimited number of scores.

Noteflight is the only music notation software we tested with a marketplace. This software is owned by Hal Leonard, the largest songbook publisher in the world, and you can sell and market compositions to its more than 3 million users. In addition, you can purchase scores and edit them to fit your needs. Noteflight charges a 50 percent commission for selling your music, but you can remove the score from the marketplace at any time.

Noteflight offers a marketplace to buy and sell music. 

Noteflight offers a marketplace to buy and sell music.  (Image credit: Future)

Noteflight Learn is designed for educators. It has all the same editing and composition features as the Premium version, plus it integrates with Google Classroom and other popular learning management systems that use the LTI standard, including Blackboard and Canvas. An annual subscription costs $70 for the first 10 students and $2 for each additional student. You get your own private website that students can access from any computer with WiFi. The activity templates allow teachers to quickly create customized assignments for each student, complete with audio recordings and personalized feedback.

Should you try Noteflight? 

Noteflight isn’t powerful enough to produce large arrangements in a commercial capacity. For that, you need a program like Notion or Sibelius. However, it has all the tools you need to create simple and complex scores, and you can use it on any computer with internet access. The online platform also includes a marketplace to sell your compositions and buy arrangements you can edit to fit your needs.

Billy Bommer

When Billy isn’t testing audio products and writing reviews for Top Ten Reviews, you can find him at the top of a snowy mountain peak looking for fresh powder, or in a studio or live music venue working as a sound engineer and musician. He has been critically listening to speakers and using audio production software for more than 15 years in a recreational and professional capacity. He has been the Audio & Travel Writer for Top Ten Reviews since 2017 and does his best to make product recommendations based on his hands-on experience using these products in a real-world scenario.