Free Music Notation Images


Images, Images, Images

When creating resources for workshops and online courses I find myself constantly in need of images, images….and more images.

First, there’s a need for images of music instruments, or composers, or snippets of scores, and there’s often a need for notation images. And I can be fussy when it comes to notation images: I really like the notes to be clear, crisp at the edges when enlarged and preferably with a transparent background (which means they can be easily placed on top of a stave without blocking out half of the staves lines).

So I decided to make some myself.


Bass Clef


Quaver single

Well, it started simple

More than 150 free music notation images

I thought that I would just do the common rhythmic elements: crotchet, quaver, minim, semibreve and the equivalent rests. And then I thought I had better add in some clefs, staves lines and a few different bar lines. Then perhaps headless versions of the rhythmic values. And before you know it, I ended up with a whole collection.

A library even. Of more than 150 music notation images.

And then I decided that I may as well share it with everyone.

A few examples of use

Clap this rhythm example

Name this song example

Example 3

8 Ways to use your notation images

1. To create worksheets

2. To create posters for your music classroom

3. In your interactive whiteboard software

4. In Powerpoint or Keynote presentations

5. To make flashcards

6. To make your own digital or printable music games

7. To use in screencasting/whiteboard apps on the iPad

8. When creating quizzes using a free tool like Kahoot


Related: Learn Just 5 Tips To Create Your Own Awesome Music Resources

Download the music notation library

Update April 2016:

By request, I have now added a few more elements into the notation library. These include:

  • A natural sign
  • A series of dynamics
  • A filled-in stemless notehead
  • Some other miscellaneous items including a coda, segno, upbow and downbow

If you have already downloaded the library in the past and would like these new elements, please simply download the complete library again using the download button at the bottom of this post.

– Katie

Please note: the music notation library is in a ZIP file.  It is best to download and unzip the file on your laptop or desktop computer (ie. not your iPad) before using it.

In your download:

  1. A set of small images which are good for Word documents, presentations (Powerpoint), for using in DIY online quizzes such as Kahoot or Plickers
  2. A set of large images which are suitable for posters and other large-size printed things
  3. This download includes the new elements that have been added in 2016 (including a natural sign, dynamics, a filled in stemless notehead and some other miscellaneous items)
Big free music notation library from Midnight Music

I hope you find them useful! If you’ve used them to create your own resources, let me know how in the comments below.

Guitar and ukelele chord images

Update: I’ve now also created a collection of 36 Free Guitar Chord Images and a collection of 22 Ukelele Chord Images.