1) Submit your sheet music to us

  1. You can email it to us, or contact us via your preferred method.  We use the latest versions of Finale and Sibelius notation software programs, and welcome files in those formats.  We also accept PDFS, handwritten music, or MIDI files.

  2. Along with your submission, please provide any applicable information, direction, or instruction you would like us to know about before working on the project.  The more information you can give us, the better.

2) We qualify your project  We want to make sure you and your project get the attention you deserve.  That’s why we qualify every project that we receive. 

  1. The qualifying process determines if your project is a good fit for our service.  While qualifying, we may ask you for additional information to help us better understand your needs, desires, and vision for the final outcome.  Then we asses our ability to meet that vision with our service.  We understand every client and project is unique, and that is why we strive to provide quality, customized results that will ensure you and your project get the personalized attention you deserve.

3) We engrave, edit, and format your music using Finale & Sibelius With sensitive eyes and ears, a wealth of technical tools in our studio, and years of experience, you can rest assured that we will utilize all the assets and resources at our disposal to achieve the best possible results on your project. 

  1. We stay in close contact with you along the way, so if any questions, concerns, or changes arise during fulfillment, you are the first to know about them.  We guarantee our work will adhere to our original project quote or estimate as long as there are no drastic changes along the way.  Once our service is completed, we will send you the completed materials for your approval.

  2. 4)You get the quality,

finished product

  1. Once we’ve performed our service, we will promptly send you the finished Finale or Sibelius files and PDFs along with an invoice. 

  2. If you’re satisfied with the outcome, simply pay your invoice online or by check, and that’s it! 

  3. If revisions are requested, we go back and work on the project until you are satisfied with the final outcome.  Your satisfaction is the most important part of our final transaction, so we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied with the results! PUBLISHED CREDITS

From big publishing houses to individual self-publishing composers, we’ve engraved sheet music for many talented musicians and companies.  Some of our professional music publication clients include Strings Charts sheet music line, Acoustic Guitar magazine, ViolinJazz editions, Strings magazine, and many others. 


What is engraving?  In current times, engraving is the art of putting written sheet music into a digital format using computer notation software.  We specialize in using Finale and Sibelius, which are the most powerful and popular notation-software programs on the market today. 

Engraving your music will allow for easier readability for players and performers, more professional-looking music, and correctly notated rhythmic and harmonic elements on the page.  It will also allow you to share your music in a medium that other musicians and composers can use and understand. WHY SHOULD MUSIC BE EDITED?

Editing sheet music can have a profound impact upon the quality and readability of the music.  Musicians are not always aware of the level of editing that a piece of music they are reading has received, but it inherently and subconsciously affects them and their playing. Having well edited music can make all the difference when it comes to playing, performing, or publishing music.

Along with editing, formatting plays a large role in the visual clarity of printed music. We will automatically format any piece that is submitted for editing so that staves line up evenly, page margins are uniform, and the music spacing is clear and consistent.  We’ve served many professional music publications including Strings Charts sheet music line, Acoustic Guitar magazine, ViolinJazz editions, Strings magazine, and many others. 


At Notesmith Music, we believe that well-edited music is the product of two components: science and art. 

SCIENCE: The science involves the aspects of music that conform to the “rules of notation.”  This would include the things that are simply done correctly or incorrectly according to music theory, such as showing the strong beats of a measure when beaming eight-notes.  Following these black-and-white rules will allow musicians to read the notes on the page more easily by displaying properly written rhythms (time signatures and note beaming), and harmonies (correctly spelled notes and chords within the key signature).  A good music editor will also apply the proper articulation markings, dynamics, and text expression in the right places on the page.

ART: The other product of good music editing is art.  Like musicians and composers, good editors will display artistic qualities in their work.  In notated music, this might mean the layout or “look and feel” of the music.  Elements such as text and music fonts, and re-spacing the music both vertically and horizontally across the page can have a great deal of impact upon the look and feel of the music, and in turn affect how the player interprets it.  Just take a look at some examples of our work to see for yourself.

When these scientific and artistic elements are fused together on the page, the music will come alive and become an accurate reflection of its sonic nature and personality.  Submit your music to us today to see the results for yourself!WHAT DO WE COVER WITH OUR SERVICE?

At Notesmith Music, your charts are in good hands.  We personally check each of the following items on every piece of music to make sure it is easy to read, notated correctly, and in publishing ready shape!

Formatting / Layout:

- general page formatting (including margins and page size)

- change music fonts and text fonts to meet the approved Notesmith Music Style Guide formatting requirements

- swap out text markings with text expressions that are assigned to individual notes so those elements will move with formatting and spacing changes currently and on any future revisions of the music

First Page Elements:

- align and format titles, instrumentation identifications, composer, and arranger names on top of page

- verify composers and arrangers are credited correctly and that name are spelled correctly

- place and format initial tempo markings and any metronome markings

- create and format copyright notices on the bottom of page 1

General Page Elements:

- place and format measure numbers

- adjust formatting and placement of page numbers

Staves / Systems / Measure Elements:

- adjust type and placement of brackets for instrument groups

- format, place, and change instrument names and abbreviations to traditional titles

- edit spacing of music both horizontally and vertically

- adjust staff heights and optimize systems that require special treatment

- adjust system margins to fit proper spacing

- resize staff systems to typical publishing and printing standards Notes / Rests / Beaming:

- replace slurs with ties and vice versa to make sure they are used correctly

- check ever single note and measure for correct harmonic spelling, duration, and beaming

- fix beaming issues when strong beats are obscured

- verify correct harmonic spellings of chords and accidentals within key signatures

- touch up slurs, articulations, and dynamic markings (placement and shape)

- look for consistency among similar melodic and harmonic material and adjust as necessary

- adjust brackets for duples and triplets

Plug-In Proofing:

- check instrument ranges in pitch

  1. -add cautionary accidentals and naturals

  2. -check all measures for complete durations and rhythms


- general touch up of music and page elements

- add in rehearsal letters (if desired)

- add in bowings for string parts (if desired)

- final proofing of music against originals for accuracy Our music editing and engraving work has been featured in many professional publications including: Music Notation:

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From Engraving to Editing to Publishing

Notesmith Music offers an experienced hand for transforming your sheet music into a publishing-ready product.  Whether your sheet music is a handwritten chart for a band, or a string quartet score in a digital format (such as a PDF, or Finale or Sibelius file), we can bring your music notation up to a professional level of quality.  Once we have engraved, edited, and formatted your music, it will be ready to publish or drop on a music stand in front of any musician.




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