Frequently Asked Questions

Sheet Music International is a subscription based virtual library of public domain sheet music with world wide distribution housing the worlds greatest works. Music on this website is either in public domain or has been uploaded for distribution by copyright owner.Music found to infringe copyright will be removed.

 

Sheet Music International is a public repository that serves as a collection agency with servers in Canada and the United States. We assume no liability or responsibility for downloading or uploading files not in public domain in your country. Please respect copyright laws in your country.

Watermarks

You will see watermarks if you have not logged into an account.Log into your account and re-download the watermarked file.

Free Basic Accounts: will see
No watermarks on School Music Library.
No watermarks on any music purchased through this website.
Premium Account (paid subscription)
Log in and all watermarks are removed.
You may need to redownload watermarked music after logging in.

 

Personal Library:

The personal library is one of the most useful features of this website. You can bookmark music from this library or upload music obtained from any source, and share it with friends on a perminant or temorary basis. It is included with your Premium Membership.

Bookmark your favorite selections from this website for quick reference by clicking the bookmark icon. Music uploaded to your personal library is private. You are the only one that has access to it unless you choose to share a piece.

Premium Account (paid subscription)
Music in your personal library can be shared on a temporary basis by copying it to the temporary performance tab and sharing if from there. When you delete the music from the temporary tab, no music is deleted from your personal library, but the links shared will be broken so the individuals you shared the music with will no longer have access to it.

Share music on a temporary basis:
School Music Direcgtory Question
Music in your personal library can be shared on a temporary basis by copying it to the temporary performance tab and sharing if from there. When you delete the music from the temporary tab, no music is deleted from your personal library, but the links shared will be broken so the individuals you shared the music with will no longer have access to it.

This is ideal if for sharing copyrighted music with a reading orchestra for example. Musicians can perform the music with you, yet they do not have access to permanent copies.
Music bookmarked from the public library and shared from your temporary tab is not broken when the file is removed from the temporary tab.

Sharing Music: You may share a single .pdf, or a folder with many .pdf's with a single click. If you click the mail icon, it will launch the e-mail program on your computer with a link you can send to any individual or group. Clicking the link will take them to that folder on the website.

If you select share icon. You will be given a link you can copy into an e-mail, or .html page to the folder, or individual .pdf. This is very advantagious if you are sending a large file, or a folder with many .pdf's as most e-mail programs are limited by file size.

You may also download and share any .pdf from your computer. Be aware, if you download a watermarked copy, you will be sharing a watermarked copy.

What music is free to download?

All music that is in the public domain and music under copyright made available to the public by the copyright owner.

 

Selling Music: 

You may sell music by uploading it to the music to the for sale tab in your personal library.  You will receive 80% of the sale price you set.  The other 20% goes to help maintain this website.  You may edit information including prices at any time.  

To upload music for sale, click the upload music button in the header.  Then select the music for sale radio button and fill in the requested informatin.  The search engine will list works by composer so what you enter in the composer box will determine where it appears in the directory.

Then place the music you want in a folder and zip it.  To zip a folder, right click it, and select send to.  A popup will come up with the option to send to a compressed ZIP folder.  Select it.  The system will place the compressed zipped folder on your computer in the directory the unzipped version is in.  Then drag the zipped folder to the upload box and select upload music. 

The music you uploaded should appear in your personal library in the for sale tab.  You may go back and edit these settings or remove it from the for sale list at any time. 

Do you share our e-mail or other information with associates?

No! Your information is used internally only.

Why are there 2 search boxes?

Composer Box: Enter the name of the composer in this box.

Composition Box: Enter the name of the work you are searching for.
If you do not know the name of a composer you may search the composition box. If you know the composer and not the name of the work entering a composer name only will give you a listing of all that composers works.

Search Not found. Try browsing the library's directory by clicking on composer, school music etc.

What is the Major Composers and Composers?

Major Composers is a library of main stream composers whose music is most commonly performed. Composers is a library of all public domain composers and their music, including Master Composers.

School Music Directory?

This is a library of music for classroom use. Includes simplified arrangements, works written for level 1,2,3, and 4 band/strings/orchestra, selected works appropriate for students, methods and teaching materials including scales and etudes.

Teachers are encouraged to share materials they have written with other educators. Logging into a free account will remove all watermarks in the School Music Library.

Repertoire list?

The Repertoire list is a hand generated list of suggested music for various venues. (not a complete list) ie. Violin, String Orchestra, Trombone etc. This is not a complete list list does not contain all music in the library, just suggested music.

Printing Problems:

The .pdf's downloaded from this site work correctly, however there are circumstances where music may print off of the page. If you have problems printing from a browser, download and the .pdf, and print it from your .pdf viewer or try a different browser.

Printers also have the options in their settings to “print to page size” that you may find useful.

Known issue: Firefox Browser has a glitch that may cause some .pdf's (not all) to print with the last line cut off. They are aware of the issue, but have not corrected it as of the 59.0.2 64 bit version. Try using Chrome, Edge, or another browser to download and print. You may download, save it with firefox and print the file from another program. In Firefox. On the top right side of the music page, just right of the printer icon is a down arrow. If you click that arrow firefox will ask you if you want to open the file with a different program, or save the file.

I lost my Password. How do I obtain access?

Don't lose it!! You may choose anything you like. We can send out a password reset to the e-mail you have on file is up to date.

Sharing Music:

There are 3 ways to share music from this website.
Download and save a .pdf to your computer. Then send it via e-mail
Click the Mail Icon to launch your mail program and send a link. This works for both folders and files on this website. Also works for personal library.

Click the Share icon. Copy and past the link displayed into an e-mail or HTML page. This works for both folders and files on this website. Also works for personal library

Search Problems:

The Search engine was written in English.  If you are performing a search for keywords such as Lent, or Easter in another language, in the composition search box.  The search may not work at this time.  You may need to browse the directory. 

However, if you click a link for a search such as found on the church music page, the searches will work.  The screen will be translated, but the programmed search will use terms the search engine recognizes. 

not found: If your search does not turn up an item it does not mean it is not in the library.  The search engine helps you locate music but it does not contain all possible keywords you may search by.  Try browsing the composers directory.