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Did Not Get that Music Toy you wanted for Xmas? Try JamStudio

JamStudio is a nifty online music mixer where you can compose and publish your own tunes. You put music keys on the score, select instruments, set tempo, etc:


You can create multiple “pages” of music; I just played quickly to create two “originals” (hah, just quick futzing around):

Cowboy Glitter [448k MP3]

Rain on the Road [568l MP3]

See this video for how it works:

You can play around with it for free, to save as MP3 (which are emailed to you as links), you have to get a $10/month account, but there is a 10 day full feature trial period.

However, I did notice at the bottom (which ugh is flash, so you cannot copy text to paste as a description), they offer free accounts for teachers and students, which might be a useful for schools lacking music instruments??


Wanna Jam? You can do it w/o any music knowledge, as I can clearly demonstrate my lack thereof; if you have some, you can do a lot better!

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Hi Alan. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I am currently researching the impact of computer mediated environments on secondary studnets’ compositional development and am always keen to seen new developments in this area. I have also taken a look at Jamstudio and reviewed it on my blog. I think that JamStudio is a great idea but needs more development for us to see any benefits over really cheap (or free) existing home PC/MAC programs (like Ejay or Garageband). The collaborative aspects of noteflight ( are much better and it’s a shame that Jamstudio don’t offer similar opportunities for sharing. See Alex Ruthman’s blog ( for a useful review of noteflight. Thanks again. Phil.

    1. @Phil- thanks for the read and your post about JamStudio- it certainly does not rival a desktop app, but is not so bad. I had not looked deeper that the Education Grants were US only, that is short sighted in a flat world. Thanks for tip on Noteflight

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