Music Engraving

Our student composer society invited me to come and speak to them about being a music engraver and working to create professional notation using Finale and Sibelius. I have been doing engraving work on the side for several years for Grand Mesa Music Publishers, located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Below are the notes that I have come up with for this presentation.

Music Engraving

Music Notation Rules

  • Most Common Issues To Fix (Examples from Grand Mesa Music Publishers)
    • No. 1 Rule: No Collisions
    • Dynamic Markings Horizontal Spacing
    • Measure Numbers and Rehearsal Marks
    • Staff Spacing, Size, Number of Bars/Line
    • Bowings and Fingerings
    • Articulations Spacings, Slurs
    • Title, Copyright, Catalog Number, Headers, Page Numbers
    • Parts, Indent First Line

Using Sibelius and Finale

  • A Different Mindset
    • Finale
      • A Tool For Everything: Main Tool Palette
      • Fit Measure
      • Steep Learning Curve
      • Better suited for Modern Notation Needs
      • Petrucci, Maestro and Jazz Music Fonts
      • Sibelius
        • Always in Print Preview
        • Keyboard Shortcuts
        • The Create Menu
        • Magnetic Layout
        • Click and Drag
        • Ease of use for new users
        • Opus, Inkpen2, and Reprise Music Fonts
        • Linked Parts and Score
        • Sound fonts (not necessary for engraving)
          • Garritan Personal Orchestra
          • Sibelius Sounds or Kontact Integration
          • Vienna Sound Fonts

Working as an Engraver

  • Part Time
    • Supplemental Income
    • Independent Contractor
    • Work for multiple publishers
    • Paid hourly, fee is negotiable
    • Work Remotely
    • Full Time
      • Work for large publishers
      • Hollywood Score Preparation
      • Own Publishing Company
      • Self Publish Personal Compositions

Engraving Resources