WHAT IS MUSIC ENGRAVING?

Engraving is the art of editing notation to make it both aesthetically and practically functional, with correct, instrument-specific notation. 

 

Traditionally beginning with hand-carving blocks of metal and pressing it onto paper, most publishers use software instead - this means that engraving as an art is much more accessible than it was before. 

 

It does not take much for your score to look clean and simple, so here are a few compiled resources.

 

If you're a composer or arranger and you need help engraving - contact me for more help!

 

WEBSITES + LINKS

https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/musicengraving/ 

10/10 would recommend for beginners to take a look at. The site is informative and a great starting place if you’ve never engraved before. 

 

http://musicengravingtips.com/engraving-resources/

A collection of websites and books. Small, but dandy. 

 

https://blogs.iu.edu/jsomcomposition/music-notation-style-guide/

This provides a really great, simple, comprehensive guide to use as reference. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/musicengravingtips/permalink/2563722753926601

I love this group to death. Here is a compilation of useful websites and resources that I am sharing with a larger group courtesy of the Music Engraving Tips facebook group. 


 

BOOKS

Unfortunately, there are not PDFs for all books available online - if you want a copy, I recommend that you buy one to sit on your desk as reference, as well as supporting the author. 

 

Music Publishers Association - Standard Music Engraving Practice 

 

Mark Mcgain - Music Notation 

 

Steve Powell - Music Engraving Today

 

Elaine Gould - Behind Bars

 

Tom Gerou and Linda Lusk - Essential Dictionary of Music Notation

Kurt Stone - Music Notation in the Twentieth Century