The truth is, too many people quit playing the piano because they find it difficult to access appropriate sheet music. OKTAV solves this problem for you.
OKTAV gives you unlimited access to over 20,000 arrangements of all genres and difficulty levels. All you need is your browser. 100,000 satisfied musicians tell us that OKTAV has brought fun and motivation back into playing the piano.
“OKTAV is the Spotify for Piano Sheet Music”
That’s what people tell us. Read on and find out exactly how we aim to please you.
1. The Product & The Service
We have created OKTAV in 2018, and today we are offering more than 20,000 pieces of piano sheet music from every genre and for every skill level.
With a no-hidden-cost flat rate that gives you unlimited access to as much music as you want, lets you print out your favorite scores, and suggests new pieces to try, based on your preferences.
We’re like Spotify for sheet music, really.
2. More Motivation and Fun
We differ from all the sheet music services out there. We genuinely want you to become a happier and better musician. We are not your teacher, more like your companion. Our not-so-hidden agenda is to entice you to spend more time playing your piano.
When you sign up for OKTAV, you tell us your skill level and your taste in music. Once you have set up your profile, our smart algorithms will recommend pieces for your skill level and your music preferences. From then on, your biggest problem will be that you won’t know what to play first.
3. High Quality Sheet Music
We are an officially licensed partner of publishing companies like Universal Music, Faber Music, Bärenreiter, and Alfred Music – and that list is growing.
So you’re either getting original arrangements, i.e., exactly the ones you would find in print, or we have our own experienced in-house arrangers, very skilled in working out arrangements that are fabulous to play. If we can, we offer original and simplified versions of songs.
Play along with our videos
For every single arrangement on OKTAV, we provide videos that you can directly play along with.
If you’ve ever tried to work with free sheet music, you know that random freebie scores can have unplayable or strange arrangements. That won’t happen with OKTAV, because we check every single piece of music for playability. And we make sure composers and publishers are paid fairly. We also cooperate with individual composers so they have the chance to publish their music directly on OKTAV – check out Brian Crain or Jacob Koller.
4. Method Books for Systematic Skill Improvement
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced pianist, you very likely want to improve. To enable you to get better systematically, with or without the help of a teacher, we offer you a collection of excellent method books tackling basic subjects, like sight-reading or finger exercises, as well as more advanced ones, like Jazz or Latin rhythm training.
Just choose your favorite book and work your way through it. We wouldn’t be surprised if, at the end, you can climb a few levels on the piano skill level ladder!
5. No Download – All Devices
You can use OKTAV anywhere as long as you can access the internet. What are you using OKTAV on? Your tablet? Your laptop? Your phone? Your computer? And what software are you using? Android? IOS? Something weird and nerdy? Being available in your browser is the easiest way of catering to every possible software taste out there, so no, we don’t have an app. Just bookmark us for easy access.
6. How To Use OKTAV
You have probably just subscribed to OKTAV and are looking around. It’s a bit like entering a new apartment, not quite knowing the layout yet. Let us help you explore:
Our sheet music comes in various arrangements
- the piano solo score: beautiful music at your fingertips!
- accompaniment: lyrics & chords
- leadsheets: main melody, lyrics & chords
On your screen. Use OKTAV on any tablet, reader, or device that can browse the internet. That’s why we are a web platform. Just bookmark us and you’re good to go!
On paper. We are the only digital sheet music service that offers 24 pieces for printout a year , for absolutely no extra money. Of course, you can print your sheet music from any device – choose your next song on your phone and print directly!
7. For Your Skill Level
All you need is a basic ability to read notes! We are proud to offer beautiful music for every skill level. You don’t have to be a virtuoso or to have started playing in kindergarten to get joy out of OKTAV. And since not all pieces of music are created equal and we want you to know in advance how hard it’s going to get, we have developed our level system.
A lot of frustration comes from trying to play music that’s too hard for you. We solved this problem for you.
When we recommend music to you, we’ll also take your playing level into account. You will receive recommendations that are perfect for your level and taste. By all means, choose whatever music you like to play, but we reckon acclimatizing yourself at each level and only going higher when you’re comfortable at your current level will bring the most fun.
Now, as is natural, you’ll evolve as a musician. You’ll play better and better. How can you make your skill level go up? Two ways: You can always adjust it manually in your settings if you feel it’s just not adequate. Or you simply choose a piece of music that’s a bit harder than your level (say, in the orange range). We ask you to rate each piece you finish. Was it too easy? Make your level go up and the piece’s level down! Was it too hard? Then rate it the other way around. Was it just right? Both levels remain as they are!
8. The OKTAV Library
Your personal library is the virtual shelf where you can organize the music you have selected. Collect them for playing in the future in “Want to Learn”, mark songs and pieces as “Currently Learning” and stash them in “Already Learned” when you’re finished. You can also create your own playlists here.
8. Many, Many Genres to Choose From
Your taste in music is part of who you are, and we want you to be able to express yourself fully when playing your instrument. This is why we don’t only offer “classical & other” music, but more than 12 different genres.
- Classical: Well, of course. The finest of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Chopin and so many more awaits you, but also, for example, music that you can play during service.
- Soundtracks: Hans Zimmer (“Inception”), Yann Tiersen (“Amelie”), John Williams (“Harry Potter”) or Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) are just a few of the composers in that category.
- Jazz & Blues: On OKTAV, you can play Jazz and Blues to your heart’s content! May we suggest “Misty” by Erroll Garner or “Fly Me to the Moon” – the Frank Sinatra Classic?
- Pop & Rock: So what’s your taste in Rock and Pop music? Ed Sheeran or Abba, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel or Elton John?
- New Age: May Yiruma‘s River Flows In You, may you enjoy Brian Crain‘s famous arpeggios – here, you find music to nourish your soul as well as your fingers.
- Latin: Bésame Mucho, La Cucaracha or Por Una Cabeza and many other pieces invite Latin (piano music) lovers to wield their fingers and perhaps also their hips!
Start exploring on your own, start your free trial and enjoy access to the entire sheet music library.
9. How And When to Start Your OKTAV Experience
You get a full seven days to test us when you sign up! We want you to make sure you like what you’re subscribing to before you subscribe! The first things we will be asking of you will be about your preferences in music and your playing experience. Then you’ll be shown some example scores, and you get to tell us whether those are too easy, just right or too hard for you to play. This is how we determine your level of piano skills. Then we’ll start with recommendations right away.
Or, if you prefer, start the other way around, start with our recommendations and see whether we offer something you’d like to try, then sign up for your free trial.
A Growing Piano Community
Be part of it! Start your free trial at OKTAV today and join 100,000+ piano players who love to discover sheet music.
At OKTAV, we believe in giving you everything you could want when you sit down in front of a piano – we believe in great sheet music, a fantastic browsing and music discovery experience, lots of options to organize your playing, and we believe in having fun. You, on the other hand, don’t have to believe us anything – see for yourself! Test us now with the free 7-day-trial we offer.