The mission of Freenotes Harmony Park is to build the finest quality outdoor musical instruments on the market. We guarantee that our instruments are durable, sustainable, always perfectly tuned and accessible to everyone regardless of age or musical experience. We provide excellent customer service and are launching a Global Musical Park Movement by creating musical parks in communities everywhere.
Freenotes Harmony Park is the industry leader in outdoor musical instruments. Invented by Grammy Award-Winning musician Richard Cooke more than 20 years ago these innovatively designed instruments are durable, sustainable, and perfectly tuned sound sculptures that enhance any outdoor space.
Freenotes instruments have “No Wrong Notes” allowing anyone to become an “instant expert” in making music! Our real musical instruments nurture and nourish each person’s innate and unique creative expression. Playing Freenotes provides immediate gratification and fosters confidence in the ability to play music. Creating repeated patterns of melody, harmony, and rhythm open the door to exploring and interacting with music. This exploration is invaluable to the player as both a musician and a person. It inspires a sense of freedom and cultivates personal and professional growth.
Freenotes Harmony Park is creating a Global Musical Park Movement, creating music parks in communities everywhere. We have musical instrument installations on 5 continents including North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. In the United States, we have installations in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. We design and manufacture Freenotes in sunny Durango, CO.
Conformity was never in the plans for Richard Cooke. The freedom of improvising and teaching himself to play new instruments by ear set Richard on the happily rambling road of adventure, musical expression, and creation. Richard’s adventures led him to connect with Paul Winter. Richard began playing in the Paul Winter Consort and teaching at musical camps with Paul. At one of those camps, Richard began to wonder how people could continue to play music after the camp and how they might incorporate time outdoors while playing music. Having a passion for nature and immense joy in playing music, Richard set out to build instruments that could be played in any outdoor setting. It was important to him that these instruments were easily accessible to everyone regardless of their musical ability.
Using simplified musical principles that ensure immediate musical success, Richard created Freenotes. These highly durable real musical instruments have “No Wrong Notes” so there is never a discordant sound. This allows everyone the opportunity to create his or her own rhythms and patterns with ease. People can then fully experience the freedom and enjoyment of creating and playing music.
Traditional music teaching methods apply the technique of playing correctly or playing the right notes and stay away from playing the wrong notes. Although this is necessary for learning music theory and playing particular songs it can frustrate and discourage students from continuing to play an instrument. Freenotes, on the other hand, encourage people’s innate creativity and exploration with music without the pressure of having to get it right. This leads to fun, confidence and a whole host of benefits that wash over into other aspects of life. Freenotes are a great way to nurture and unleash the gift of someone’s inner musician and inspire them to want to play other instruments.
Richard so enjoyed playing music with others in an improvisational style that he wanted everyone to be able to experience the bond that co-creating music facilitates so he developed an entire catalog of different instruments to provide a whole array of music, allowing people to play with others, even if they have never met. So many communities are seeking a way to bring people together, to restore our neighborhoods and provide access to music.
Freenotes Harmony Park the leader in outdoor musical instruments is filling that void by offering many musical options including ensembles. These wonderful collections of instruments harmonically enhance group play and foster a sense of belonging. Playing music together creates respect, deep listening and builds community. Installing Freenotes Ensembles invents a whole new type of park or can develop a music park within an existing park. Freenotes Harmony Park has launched the Global Musical Park Movement and Music Parks are now becoming a standard community amenity all over the world. Music Parks are the Landscape of the Future!