Looking for Broadway sheet music to add to your repertoire? Learn where to find all the classics, as well as contemporary hits, in this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J...
So, you’re thoroughly enjoying your vocal lessons with your wonderful TakeLessons teacher, and you’re ready to embark on your own to find new music to learn, preferably Broadway musicals (those power vocals of yours need applicable songs, of course!). Where should you start? Well, there are a few really wonderful services to find both computer-based and physical sheet music of some of your favorite Broadway selections. Below is a detailed list of these services.
Scribd is a digital library, featuring an eBook subscription service that includes many free and paid books, magazines, and yes, Broadway sheet music. The service is available for iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets, as well as on the web at Scribd.com, all for a monthly fee of $8.99 (or $3.99 with 12-month commitment). Scribd also offers a completely free one-month trial, which you can use to browse for music first. Use the search parameter “Broadway music” to sort through the different selections that you can save into your library. From there you can save the files to your computer or device, or even print it all out then.
A student of mine came across this well-versed, purely educational-use-only Tumblr blog. Within this blog, links to PDF sources of sheet music, mostly Broadway sheet music, are provided for free. The links are highlighted and underlined within the blog comments itself, so take a look around and read some of the posts to understand how the links to the sheet music are provided.
Musicnotes.com is an online marketplace that allows you to purchase and download computer-based sheet music, which you can either keep digital or print out. They offer many selections from Broadway, plus pop, holiday, and power ballads as well! Prices range from $4-$8 depending on the arrangement, which is quite reasonable if monthly subscriptions aren’t your thing.
Sheet Music Plus is another online marketplace that allows you to purchase both digital print and physical print sheet music. They stock both individual selections as well as multiple Broadway selections in songbook form. Since there are usually many songs within the same songbook, this can be a very cost-effective way to get several Broadway standards in your hands at a good price. You can usually find songbooks reserved for certain voice types (Baritone, Tenor, Alto, Soprano 2, or Soprano 1 voice types most commonly).
- Excavating the Song: This website was set up by choral director Prof. Neal Richardson from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, for use with his own students. Even though he has now abandoned the online project, the website’s content–including some great tips from singers, songs from the 20s, and more– is still available for free.
- IMSLP: The Petrucci Library with the International Music Score Library Project is usually used when searching for classical music, as it’s the archive of music for free public domain music. Since I am a classically-trained singer, I use it a lot and often sing its praises. If you decide to expand your genre scope, start here before you buy any classical music.
I hope this list helps you get started on finding Broadway sheet music for your lessons! Happy practicing!
Milton J. teaches guitar, piano, singing, music recording, music theory, opera voice, songwriting, speaking voice and acting lessons in Corona, CA. He specializes in classical, R&B, soul, pop, rock, jazz and opera styles. Learn more about Milton here!
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