Northeastern University Taps Noteflight to Take Music Education Online

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Noteflight's web-based music notation tools let music educators and students leverage the power of distance learning

The Northeastern University Music Department, chaired by Anthony DeRitis, PhD, has chosen Noteflight's innovative web-based notation tools for its 2009-2010 academic year to deliver notational examples for music and activities in a number of instructional areas including Music Fundamentals and Music Theory. 

Noteflight is being used by Northeastern University for both distance learning and within a traditional, on-campus setting. Over the summer, Noteflight was used to deliver interactive, online musical examples as part of a pure distance-learning "refresher" in Music Fundamentals offered to incoming freshmen over the summer. Northeastern will also use Noteflight for on-campus classes in the fall and spring.

"The Northeastern University Music Department has, for the last 10 years, been at the forefront of creating and implementing online music resources and content, starting with the immensely successful Boston Symphony Orchestra Online Conservatory and current online music learning modules developed in collaboration with Pearson Education," said DeRitis. "We are excited to be collaborating with Noteflight for our current online Music Fundamentals and Music Theory classes. Noteflight is ahead of the curve with their web-based music notation tools and together we believe we will continue to push the envelope with regard to online music education."

The school is using Noteflight because of the ease with which students can freely access notated music examples and activities from any computer, without being limited by place, time or the burden of software installation. This ease extends to content creation by faculty as well; Professor Hubert Ho was able to easily create an array of music samples, post and change interactive musical content, and offer it directly to his students - all without special technical training and or IT support.

Northeastern University is able to leverage its existing learning management system (LMS) to authenticate students for Noteflight, and to deliver Noteflight-based content within its courseware Because Noteflight is an online application, there is no install, upgrade or maintenance burden for the university.

"Northeastern is a university that is ready, willing and able to harness the power of online technology for music education," said Joe Berkovitz, President of Noteflight. "We're very pleased that they have recognized the value Noteflight can provide to their students and professors. The faculty, administration and IT staff at the NEU have contributed superbly in offering up many smart and creative ideas about how to leverage our tools.  It's been a great experience working with the school."

About Noteflight: Noteflight, LLC is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is dedicated to reinventing the way that people create, share and use written music. Noteflight allows users to take advantage of the full power of the web to edit, display and play back music notation in a standard web browser and is integrated with an online library of musical scores from which anyone can publish, link to, or embed.

About Northeastern University: Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university's distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work infields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit


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