Add copyright free sheet music to MusicFolio in less than 30 seconds

What’s one of the best things about using a digital music folder like MusicFolio?

Free. Stuff.

The internet is full of free resources and in today’s post, we’re going to talk about one particular website and the easiest way to get it’s free sheet music onto your iPad.

Many of you are already familiar with the Petrucci Music Library, or as it is more commonly known, IMSLP.  If not, go to and check it out.  This website is incredibly useful for classical musicians.  It has hundreds of thousands of pieces of music and although copyright laws vary by country, it only hosts public domain music so as long as you know the laws where you’re located, you have no risk of getting in trouble for copyright infringement.

Here’s a perfect example of its usefulness.  This past weekend I played timpani on Beethoven’s 6th Symphony.  Before the Friday dress rehearsal, rather than taking 5 or 10 minutes to dig out my old scores, I simply pulled out my iPad, opened Safari, and searched Google for “imslp Beethoven 6 timpani”.  I clicked the first result and opened a free PDF of exactly what I was looking for.  The search format I used –“imslp title instrument“– works for me nearly every time.

Then, I clicked on “More…” at the top of the PDF and chose “Import with MusicFolio”.  (Substitute whatever sheet music app you’re using, but I’d love it if you tried MusicFolio too!) My new (and free!) sheet music automatically opened in the app, prompted me put in the title, artist, and instrument, and was instantly added to my music library.


Not only did the whole process take less than 30 seconds from start to finish, but I now have the timpani part for Beethoven’s 6th on my iPad forever.  So, next time I perform it all I’ll have to do is open it on my iPad, complete with all the markings I’ve added to it.

Simple, efficient, and saves a ton of valuable time.  I highly recommend.

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