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There are some great educational games and programs around for singers and musicians of all ages and standards.   We have included a few here for you to download or direct links to the authors info & downloads pages.    To our knowledge, all of these programs are freeware or shareware for Windows 95/98 - please note that many DO NOT WORK WITH ME or XP unless stated otherwise. For those who are unaware of the distinction between them:-

  • Freeware is free for anyone to download and distribute for personal use.
  • Shareware is available in a demo format and requires either registration with the author or a small fee for full use.
  • To use the Online Programs or go to programmers sites, left or right click and "open" or "open in new window"
  • To Download these programs right click on the link and "Save As" to the destination of your choice.


AMF Intelligent Organ
You'll be amazed at this electronic version of the old Casio keyboards. This keyboard supports 127 Instruments, several octives, recording and playback options, and a great looking interface. Also supports a Notebar which points out the note being played. In playback mode, watch as the keybaord turns into a player piano as the keys are actually pressed. Great for music enthusiasts of all ages! Requires a sound card with MIDI support. $16.95 Shareware PC. Click Here to download or visit their site AMF Software.

AR Beats Per Minute counter that measures the rate of anything!  The program runs in a small window and by hitting any key on your computers keyboard.  This looks really good although we had problems with the display interface and operation due to the ancient old computer we use so please let us know how you get on with this one!
Download  Visit the programmers site ARBPM  Freeware program - 123 kb zip file

A Music Crash Course 1.0
Designed for musicians, vocalists, or anyone who would like to be able to read music and for those who would like to be able to understand more about the music they read. This material is beginner to intermediate level and takes a fresh, just the facts, approach to the subject. Click Here to download 317k amcc.EXE freeware or visit the author site Dave Myers Music Services.

Audio Phonics Instrument Tuner
APInstrument Tuner, helps you tune your instruments & aids ear training, too many features to list here - also has the AP Guitar Tuner available and MAC versions on site, click here to download APInstrument Tuner or browse round their site Audio Phonics

Audo Switch 1.4.4
Compare the sound quality of CD rippers, compressors and more. Click Here to download 57.61k Windows 95/98/nt. Freeware.

BPM Meter
Automatic Beat counter that takes sound from an input and displays the beat of sound every 4 seconds.  This is a progam not an online application and after you download the file you need to install it onto your computers hard drive.  Check the beats per minute on any track or song in realtime.
Download BPM_Meter.exe  Freeware program - 51.0KB .exe or browse

BPM Counter
Beats Per Minute counter that you can try online here at Vocalist in our Beats Per Minute section which also has a handy BPM Reference Chart and timing related information.  This neat little javascript counter works via a web browser and shows the beats per minute as you tap along to any track or song.
Download  Freeware program - 75.0KB .zip file or browse

BPM Wizard
Displays Beats Per Minute automatically and is great for dance and techno tracks.  The Shareware version only plays for 5 minutes then it shuts down - you will need to register for the full program but its only about £6 ($10) so if you like it zap over to their site to register (site links, details etc are available in the zip file)!
Download  Shareware program - 0.744kb .zip or browse for similar programs.

Carta Musica 1.0
Carta Musica is a programme that prints out blank manuscript music paper. You have the possibility to print 5-line staves and/or 4-line/6-line guitar tablatures, with or without the clefs printed at the beginning of the staves (you can choose among treble, alto, bass, low-8va treble and TAB clefs). You can choose among 10 pre-set, single or multi-staff layouts (guitar, piano, SATB choir, string quartet, etc.), or compose your own (with up to 6 staves). "You can freely set the page margins, the line thickness and the spaces between lines, staves, and systems or also add a footer to be printed on each page. Settings can be stored in files and thus easily re-loaded, so giving the user the possibility to have multiple templates. Preview is fully supported." Click Here to download 433K Windows 95/98/2000 Freeware or visit the authors site Camerata de'Bardi.

CdEx Freeware Software
an easy to use program which creates mp3's from soundfiles which you can then burn to cd. Visit the site for more details and to download software.

Chord Diags 2.0.
Small program to display guitar chord diagrams. From A to G, major, minor and 7th, uses easy patterns for the beginner. In response to numerous requests, Chord Diags version 2 now includes finger positions to suggest which finger goes where." Click Here to download 231K. Windows (all) Freeware or visit the authors site Matt Marklew.

Chords V1.0
Instantly generate thousands of possible fingerings for each of hundreds of different chords and intervals. Find an easier fingering or an easier chord change anywhere on the fret board. Identify almost any unknown chord. Print or save chord diagrams and their notation. You will never need chord tables again Click Here to download or visit their site Cool Free Software.


The Ultimate in Music Database Management. Database to manage your music collection. Complete with report engine and cassette J-Card creator! Shareware £22 + P&P. PC only Click Here to download or visit their site Elvaron.

Dolphin Don's Music School
Includes 10 games that teach ear training and reading of notes, rhythms, key signatures, intervals & chords, full version includes 240 levels, keeps score for 30 players
To download a Demo version of this SHAREWARE visit their site Dolphin Don's Music School

dBpowerAMP Music Converter
Convert audio files easily from one format to another. From the developer: "One of those must have utilities, indispensable for converting audio files from one format to another. Part of dMCs formidable arsenal, is its ability to rip music straight from Audio CDs!, or LPs [optional install]. Straight out of the box dMC can convert to and from Wave, Mp3 and from CD Audio (CDA) files. Codec downloads add Windows Media Audio v8 (WMA), Ogg Vorbis and many more types to the table. Features include: Volume Normalization - have all audio tracks use same volume. ID Tag preservation & Editing - keep those ID tags between conversions, Explorer Audio Info Pop-ups - display useful information on an audio file in explorer, Convert To - simplest way of converting right click on a file and select Convert To." Click Here to download dMC-r9.exe 1.47MB. Freeware Windows (all) or visit the authors site Illustrate

Digital Music Control 2 1.0
DMC2: Digital Music Control 2 is an ActiveX (or Object) that lets you add a sound system to your application or game. DMC2 can play a handfull of different digital audio formats, including WAV, MP3, MOD, S3M, XM, IT, MTM, and MO3. You can also play large WAV or MP3 in a stream, while at the same time playing any of the music modules files. You can also play as many as 32 sound FX WAV samples too, all at the same time. Click Here to download 310k. Windows (all) Freeware or visit the authors site IzzySoft.

DrawMusic Chord
DrawMusic Chord is a Windows program which gives musicians or non-musicians an easy way to create, hear, and save chord progressions. You don't need a musical instrument or music knowledge to use DrawMusic Chord; you just need a Windows computer with a sound card. The program works like a word processor or text editing program (like Windows Notepad or WordPad), except that instead of typing in words, you choose chords. You can create short chord progressions or longer "chord songs." You can save your chord progressions in files and open them again later. DrawMusic Chord also plays your chord progressions so you can hear them, using your computer's sound card. DrawMusic Chord runs on Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003. It also requires Microsoft DirectX, version 8 or higher and The Microsoft .NET Framework to be installed on your computer. Visit DrawMusi to read more and download 200kb demo version (cost $9 for full licence).

EarMaster Pro 4.0
Earmaster Pro 4.0 is a new and highly improved version of the extensively featured Windows based ear training software which have been on the market since 1996.  EarMaster is an easy and fun way to use your computer for ear training.   Simple and challenging exercises drill and score you on 10 harmonic and rhythmic ear training areas, using a MIDI sound card. With EarMaster you will learn to identify and transcribe intervals, scales & modes, chords, chord progressions and tunes you hear, and learn to sight-read, imitate, and correct rhythms. The exercises have been chosen and developed in cooperation with music teachers and users of previous versions of EarMaster.

In all exercises you can give your answers in different ways depending on your focus. Advanced Wave-to-MIDI technology enables you to sing the tones or clap the rhythms in the microphone. You can also use MIDI, use simple multiple choice or give the tones using one of the answer options on the screen: piano, guitar or notesheet.

Your personal EarMaster Tutor makes sure that you are challenged no matter if you have a trained or untrained ear. Software available for individuals and teachers and schools.   Visit MidiTec, Denmark to download this shareware program - 1.4 MB

Electric Bass Companion 2.5
From the developer: "The Electric Bass Companion is a tool to help bass players learn the notes and scale patterns on the fingerboard. As a beginner you can use this program to learn major and minor scales on your 4-string bass. As an experienced player, this program will help you learn any custom scale pattern, in custom tunings, in any key, using 4,5,6,7, or an 8 string bass. This simple musician's tool will be your companion as you learn to play the electric bass." Click Here to visit zdnet & download 2.3MB demo. Shareware costs $10.00 to buy - Windows (all), Webb Pickersgill.

Finale Reader
The free reader is able to open and view any Finale family or MusicXML file, Play the file with more than 128 built-in sounds, Print engraver-quality sheet music. compatible with older versions of Finale, Finale PrintMusic, Finale SongWriter, and Finale NotePad files. Available for Windows or MAC. They also provide free demo and trial versions of Finale, Allegro, PrintMusic, SongWriter and NotePad.
Click Here to read more or download Finale Reader at their website.


GNU Solfege 1.4.4
Train your ear to recognise chords, intervals & rhythms. "GNU Solfege is a program that will help you to accomplish ear training. The program includes exercises to train chords, intervals and rhythms. The program can be extended by users using lesson files Click Here to download 2.18MB Free Windows 95/98/Me/2000 from zdnet or visit the authors site Tom Cato Amundsen.

Guitar Tuner
Budgo Guitar Tuner is a nifty applet to tune your guitar!!  Click Here to download

Guitar Tuner with six notes sampled from a Martin acoustic which was tuned with a quartz tuner to reference a=440 Click Here to try out online.

Guitar Codex for players of all levels.  Use as a tab chord dictionary and more!!  See chords, scales and display associated guitar chords in a graphical representation using the mouse.  Fingerings can be made by clicking on the fingerboard. Click Here to try out online & grab the code.

Guitar Chord Decoder applet attempts to derive a possible chord name for a given chord fingering.  Using the mouse, fingerings can be made on the displayed checkbox and by clicking the "Find Chord" button.  Excellent resource for finding guitar chords, easy to read graphical interface. Click Here to try it online.

Learn Music Theory the Fun Way with HAPPY NOTE!
With Happy Note!, you can learn music theory as if it were a game. Actually, with Happy Note!, music theory IS a game, or more exactly a series of games. Designed by licensed music teachers, these games are true computer games with all the bells and whistles (score, lives, Hi-Score, etc.) They both Entertain and Educate, and make boring music theory lessons a thing of the past. Thanks to Happy Note!, children and adults can now learn music theory the fun way.

New Free Game - Learn about rests the fun way with HAPPY NOTE!
Learn about musical symbols (rests and notes), with the help of an elephant, and a ball! Happy Note! Note Cracker is a game for people of all ages that the entire family will enjoy. It remains fun to play even after you're done learning. It features 4 gaming speeds and a Hi-Score list that keeps track of the 10 highest scores.
Note Cracker & Notes In Space are too large for our server, to download these free programs and more - visit HAPPY NOTE! NOTE CRACKER & NOTES IN SPACE Translated from the original French by Laurent Cartayrade Copyright © 1999-2000 Pascal Riben. All rights reserved.

New Free Game from HAPPY NOTE - Sing & Learn Treble Clef ABC Reading Lessons!
You can now download for free all Happy Note! Sing'n Learn Treble Clef ABC Reading lessons. No previous knowledge of music is required to use Happy Note! Sing'n Learn. Furthermore, just as the Learning menu of our computer game Happy Note! Treble and Bass Clef, Happy Note! Sing 'n Learn uses color notes to make learning a new note easier. To download it (automatic file setup is only 600 KB) or try it online, go to: Happy Note - Treble Clef

New Free Game from HAPPY NOTE - Sing & Learn Bass Clef ABC Reading Lessons!
After the treble clef, you can now download for free all Happy Note! Sing'n Learn BASS Clef ABC Reading lessons. No previous knowledge of music is required to use Happy Note! Sing'n Learn. Furthermore, just as the Learning menu of our computer game Happy Note! Treble and Bass Clef, Happy Note! Sing 'n Learn uses color notes to make learning a new note easier. To download it (automatic file setup is only 600 KB) or try it online, go to: Happy Note - Bass Clef

InTune - Sound Editor - Now InTune is free software !!!
Audiosoft presents professional audio editor - InTune.   InTune is designed for sound analysis and editing in terms of pitch, dynamics, timing and noise. The main purpose of the program is correction of freshly recorded musical material, particularly vocal, woodwind or brass instrument recordings, which are highly susceptible to impurity in tune. Apart from that, InTune can be used to remove noise, edit dynamics and timing or analyse the frequency spectrum of any sound file. InTune saves hours spent on recording just to improve minor imperfections.

Get your recorded sound file and let InTune do the rest. It will analyse precisely musical tune and amplitude of the record. You just make a judgement how to change the sound. InTune will satisfy your wishes in no time. You don't need to type any numbers to change the pitch or amplitude, just drag it with the mouse. Don't worry if your out of the rhythm, use time link feature of the program to say when the note should begin or end. InTune will make a time shift without changing pitch or colour of the sound. InTune also removes unwanted noise from the record using sophisticated Fast Fourier Transform method. The composer can be creative with InTune. The possibility of experimenting are endless. Feel free to use it in your recording. Two versions of the InTune are available: for Windows and for Macintosh OS.

System requirements: A PC that includes a 486DX or higher processor, a Windows compatible sound card and Windows95/98/NT operating system Download InTune from their site Audiosoft InTune

Interval Tester - Freeware
Standard Associated Board style aural tests suitable for music students taking AB performance exams, including more challenging aural tests for undergraduate and postgraduate musical study.

System Requirements: Windows 95,98,ME,NT,2000 & midi soundcard - 294KB. Download this free software written by Greg Fox Here or from his site Pork to Bacon Software.

Ishtek SPEAKER Design
Speaker design program uses Thiele to produce designs used to build high efficiency cabinets or P.A. and sound reinforcement use.  It allows you to calculate various designs, primary styles are Horn Loader and Vented Cabinets.  Read More or Try it online at Ishtek.


Jazz Machine - A simple, tiny (9K), animated frequency generator.
For wild web musicians! Source included! - courtesy of Java Boutique who have a host of great musical java applet programs - FREE! Click Here To try it out ONLINE and DOWNLOAD!

Jam - Chord score editor
You can input and edit chords as plain text. It is much faster and more convenient than any other format.

For musician:
Want to practice your new solo before playing it with band? -
Jam can play the chords for you!

For singer:
Trying to find the best key for the new song? -
Jam can transpose it for you!

For non-musician:
Found the chords of your favorite song, but dont know how to play? -
Jam will play it for you!
Visit Pyva to download.

Lyricmaker 1.2
From the developer: "It's a small, very simple and free program that finds all the rhymes to a word in the dictionary and helps you write poems, song lyrics, etc. Current version can find words in english and spanish. Version 1.2 is DOS based." Click Here to download 768K Freeware Windows (all) or visit the authors site Hammysoft.


Metronome 1.6
This is a metronome program with some advanced features. You can choose from 7 included sounds, like a cowbell, cymbal and bassdrum but you can add your own sounds too. You can record a tempo by pressing a button with your mouse and metronome will calculate the Beats Per Minute. Or let metronome visualize each count in a bar by a single led. The first led can be given another color. Freeware - 326kb

MIDI FAQ - Comprehensive & Essential Reading
This is the most comprehensive Midi FAQ we found on the internet - it has all the questions your likely to ask and all the answers laid out in an easy to navigate site.    Midi Papa has a great site with tons of helpful advice, links, downloads & music. - RECOMMENDED
Midi Papa - Midi FAQ

Midi File Reader
Reads standard midifiles and writes an ASCII representation, includes companion file T2MF which reparsers text into a midifile.
click here to download 64kb Freeware MF2T or browse round the site Hit Squad

Music 101 is an aid to help you learn to read music better click here to download Freeware size 65kb.- also has the Music 101 Guitar Zip here.
Program author Frank Martin, visit his website.

Music Notation (Mac)
Compose music with these templates. Music Notation gathers a set of ClarisWorks libraries together with stationary for writing music. The libraries contain basic notes, rests, clefs and more. Some musical symbols and notation require the use of the drawing tools provided by ClarisWorks 4.0. click here to download music-notation-cw4.hqx 31.03k Freeware.

The Music Tutor
The Music Tutor for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 is easy to use. Each edition has 'Lessons' under the lessons menu. These lessons have accompanying text that is displayed in the instructor box. As you proceed through the lessons, examples will be displayed in the work area above the instructor box. Questions appear periodically. You answer the questions by pressing the option button next to your choice with the mouse pointer. The Music Tutor then checks your answer and displays a message box telling you if you are correct. After you complete the text for each lesson, you may select the practice session for that lesson. The practice sessions are designed to help you go over the material in the lessons with repetition. The Practice Sessions are also designed to allow you to come back to the Tutor when ever you need a brush up on that area. You may find that some of the practice sessions will be useful for a period of months until the concepts are securely learned.
The Music Tutor is designed to be used at any pace. You may choose to go through all the lessons at once, or to do a bit at a time, coordinating the ideas you learn in your music lessons with the concepts and practice sessions provided by the Music Tutor.
Pitch and Key Signatures edition.
How to use the Music Tutor: An overview of the components of the music tutor. Recommended for first time users.
Lesson One - Pitches and the Staff: The lesson covers the pitch names for all of the lines and spaces of the staff. It also discusses the clefs used with the grand staff.
Lesson Two -Sharp Key Signatures: This lesson introduces you to all of the Major key signatures that use sharps. It discusses the need for accidentals and why they are required to indicate the keys.
Lesson Three - Flat Key Signatures: This lesson takes you through all of the flat key signatures for Major keys.
Minor Keys - A Brief Overview: This lesson briefly introduces the relationship of major keys to minor keys. When you arrive at the point in your musical training that you need to learn and practice recognizing the minor keys, this section of the Music Tutor will be helpful.
Notes and Time edition:
Lesson One - Rhythmic Values of Notes: This lesson introduces whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes,sixteenth notes and the use of the dot to modify the rhythmic value of a note.
Lesson Two -Time Signatures: This lesson presents four time signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 and 2/2. The importance of the beat (or pulse) and how beats are grouped into the various time signatures is discussed.
Download The Music Tutor ( SHAREWARE or go to their site Carner Enterprises and check out their violin and cello downloads!

The Music Box Version 2.7
The Music Box Version 2.7 requires Windows 95 and a sound card. This download upgrades all previous Music Box Versions 2.x for registered users.
Welcome to the newest version of "The Music Box - A Personal Ear Trainer". We keep adding new features to make your ear training sessions more challenging and complete. Please feel free to download the unregistered version and visit their web site from time to time to check for the latest releases which are available to registered users at no charge.
Point and click dictation - no music paper needed
Point and click sight singing, click a note and it plays
Point and click on intervals, triads or seventh chords and they play!
Practice any group of intervals from ½ step to an octave
Practice major, minor, diminished and augmented triads
Practice dominant, major, minor, major-minor, diminished and half-diminished sevenths
Practice intervals, triads and sevenths individually or in dictation sequences
Create dictation melodies in either the treble or bass clef
Practice melodies with eighth notes, quarters, dotted-quarters, half notes, dotted-half notes, whole notes and quarter rests
Up to 30 intervals, triads or sevenths in a dictation sequence
Up to 60 notes in a melodic dictation sequence
Set your own tempo Meters - 4/4, 3/4 , 6/8 or no meter
Choose a key, let the computer pick the key or do not use a key
Wide variety of instrument sounds
Print out blank music paper
Include a measure of beats to become accustomed to the tempo prior to melodic or rhythmic dicatation
Music Notes based on Tip of the Day metaphor with helpful notes on "The Music Box" and historical tidbits
Practice recognizing major, minor and a variety of other scales
Practice recognizing the church modes
A visual metronome to help with practicing or learning rhythms
Triad or Seventh dictation sequences based on the same root or random roots
Many other features to make the program a flexible and powerful ear training tool
Two options for downloading "The Music Box"
1. Standard .zip file that you will need to unzip. VERSION 2.7 Available NOW!!! Download the program to your download directory. Then unzip the files into a directory of your choice, preferably "C:\Program Files\musbox32" or something similar. Read the readme.txt file that is included in the zip file for details. Click here to download 260 kb zip file or go to their site Carner Enterprises and check out their other downloads!

Music Keyboard
Music Keyboard - Turn your computer keyboard into a music keyboard!  This is handy if you don't have a keyboard although it is slow! Whilst it will never replace a real keyboard it is a neat program! Try out the Music Keyboard online or Download Now
This Freeware Script provided by File size 50.1 kb .zip written by David Rantanen. Visit his website.

Note Attack 1.3
Learn to read sheet music with this free educational video game. Use either your computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard / piano as input. Learn to read music by blasting notes into submission Click Here to download 642K Freeware or visit the authors site Aspire Software.

From the Family Games - Notecard web site: - NoteCard is a small program with a simple purpose: to help the user learn to read the musical notes, and to recognize them instantly. Although fluency in note-reading is only one aspect of learning to read music, it is the most tedious to master; yet it is a vital skill that is as important to reading music as facility with the times tables is to arithmetic.

The quickest way to learn the notes is by means of flashcard drill, and this is what NoteCard provides. There are 12 levels of difficulty, covering an expanding range of notes, until the entire staff (optionally both staves) has been mastered.

If you or someone in your family is just beginning to learn to read music, NoteCard will help you. AHA! Software, Inc. FILE NAME - nc_inst32.exe - 426K Click Here for this Freeware DOWNLOAD

NoteWorthy Composer
NoteWorthy Composer is a music composition and notation processor for Windows. It allows you to create, record, edit, print, and play back your own musical scores. It will import *.mid files. By allowing students to compose their own songs while following music rules, NoteWorthy Composer provides hands-on learning and promotes creativity. Students can even hear and print their masterpieces giving them a true sense of accomplishment. For the student learning an instrument, they can notate and play back their practice song on NoteWorthy Composer to learn the tone and tempo. Or, the student may want to enter every band member's part and practice playing with a group. Whatever the application, NoteWorthy Composer will make learning fun. A 16 bit version is also available. $39 Shareware PC Click Here to download or visit their site NoteWorthy Software.

Nut Chords
Detects shows & plays all chords shows them on a fretboard.    Converts between fretboard and keyboard, search scales, arpeggio's, slow chord, drag as text all timings, soundless version available
click here to download Nut Chords Freeware 450 kb.

Opus Viewer
Opus Viewer is an application for playing and printing music scores. It has editable and interactive digital sheet music and music scores.
Go to their site Allegroassai - installviewer.exe to download this 3.8mb Shareware program