Designed in the classroom for music education
Notate 2 is a music composition program intended for children with no particular previous musical
knowledge. It provides an intuitive user interface to enable exploration of traditional music notation
and the investigation of musical patterns and structures.
The Notate 2 environment contains a range
of easy-to-use features, designed to support musical beginners. It provides a way for all pupils to ‘try out’ musical ideas without having to be able to perform them, and without them having to understand complex notation.
Notate 2 is able to give traditional music notation
meaning, as users can drag and drop notes while
listening to the pitches and melodic musical patterns
Pupils have the confidence to experiment musically and
the opportunity to develop their initial ideas
using a range of tools, such as move, copy,
repeat and undo/redo.
Users can explore a different range of timbres
than is possible with traditional classroom
Notation is made easy with a wide range of note lengths & pitches; time & key signatures; and treble, bass & single line percussion clefs.
Pupils can record in real time or step time from an onscreen or external music keyboard.
Notate 2 has a range of features specifically designed to support use on an interactive whiteboard.
Notate 2 is supplied with photocopy-friendly
pupil activity sheets, and over 200 musical example
and template files, to give ideas and provide
materials for use in composition such as
An extensive teaching guide helps you make
the most of Notate 2 in the classroom, giving
detailed information on curriculum links and
its use with the QCA Schemes of Work.
“Many children in the class, including some less able and others normally unenthusiastic about music, have been asking when they can use Notate again as they want to extend their compositions. I look forward to using it again with them. We all had fun!”
Fiona Greer, Year 5 and 6 Teacher, Grazeley Parochial Primary, Reading