Students who want to learn the basics of music might want to go with free sheet tunes instead of buying expensive studio albums.
But some educators and music-related businesses worry that they’re being left behind as new technologies have taken hold and people look to free online music as a substitute.
Free sheet music is becoming more popular as people use free apps like iTunes and Spotify to learn new music, even though they may not have access to the full catalogs.
“I think it’s a good idea, but I think it has some issues that are going to need to be addressed before we get there,” said Brian Balsamo, an independent music teacher at the University of Rochester who teaches free music classes.
“What’s important is that we give students the opportunity to do this, and then it’s important that they understand that they can get the best music for free.”
Some teachers say that students will still need to buy expensive studio recordings to listen to their sheet music in the classroom.
Balsamico, a free sheet-music educator, said he has had students ask to purchase a studio album, and many have been disappointed with the results.
“It’s not going to help students,” he said.
“They’re still learning how to make music.
They’re still in the process of learning to compose.”
Free sheet-to-sheet music is more than just a fun hobby.
It’s an investment in a person’s musical education, Balsamac said.
The free music offered by many educational websites and apps like MusicCampus is a way to give students something to do while they learn to play an instrument, and the students themselves can learn to produce music with it.
But that doesn’t mean that the students don’t need to purchase the equipment and equipment that they need to record their music.
Free sheets are typically sold on websites like Bandcamp and Amazon.com, which offer free music for any amount of money.
But the price of recording and storing music for a student can range from $25 to $150.
Bonsamico said it was frustrating for some teachers to see their students use their free music instead of paying to buy a studio recording.
“When you have people who are trying to learn for free, you want to get it for free,” he told Newsweek.
“That’s what makes it fun.
If you’re not having fun, you’re going to be more likely to do something else.”
Balsamos website also features free sheet charts and music templates for students to practice, and he encourages students to visit the site when they want to create their own music.
“The way I’ve taught my students over the last few years is to take their sheet and put it on a page, and they can do whatever they want,” he explained.
“There’s nothing wrong with that.
It is what it is.”
Bonsamos said that he doesn’t feel that it is unfair to be able to give people access to free music.
Students should be given the opportunity, he said, and that is what they should be able do.
“You have to let people do what they want, and if they don’t like what they’re doing, that’s their problem,” he added.
Batsamo said that there are some websites that offer free sheets and other types of sheet music for students, but he has yet to see them being used in his classroom.
The idea of free music is not new, but it is a new trend, said Michael A. Tocci, a music education professor at the College of New Jersey, who has worked with the arts and education programs at the school for more than a decade.
He said that his own students have been interested in learning music, and sometimes they are learning the songs themselves.
“But I’m not sure that the music has really changed, or I haven’t seen students use it,” he wrote in an email to Newsweek.
He also noted that he has seen students recording and producing music using free sheet songs, which are free to download, and which don’t include audio.
But he said that the lack of recording is something that needs to be fixed.
“We have to be willing to take a risk on this,” Toccci said.
He added that some schools have stopped using free sheets altogether, which he said is not ideal.
“Some of them are very good,” he noted.
“And there are others where they have stopped offering sheet music altogether.
That’s fine, but you can’t have it both ways.”
Batsamos believes that the current free sheet business model needs to change, and said that it needs to provide more of a sense of ownership.
“Free sheet music should be a way of connecting students to a piece of music that they are actively learning to make,” he concluded.