Notate 2 is a music composition program intended for children with no particular previous musical knowledge. 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.
Here you can find useful Hints and Tips and a Keyboard Shortcuts page to help you with the Notate 2 software.
Click here to see the Notation used in the Software and view a simple Music Glossary.
Find out how Notate 2 can be used within the KS1 ICT Curriculum or the KS2 ICT Curriculum.
For general information about Music in schools read: Making Every Child's Music Matter - Music Manifesto Report no.2 (PDF format).
Notate 2 contains many example files to edit and finish as part of your classroom work. Many of these are popular tunes which have traditional lyrics. We have collected the most popular lyrics together for you. Click here to view the Song Lyrics for many of the Notate 2 example files.
Other Useful weblinks to help you with your classroom ideas can be found here.
If you have either Junior Viewpoint or Viewpoint data handling software, then you can use these two datafiles: Famous Composers and Our Musicians. You can add information to either database and Our Musicians allow pupils to ask questions about each other's musical interests. Click here to access these files.