Justin M. Brauer

Music Director | Theatre Educator | Keyboardist

Music Preparation - Arranging and Engraving

As a music director, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, I know first-hand the hours of rehearsal time that have been lost to clarifying questions about poorly or inconsistently prepared music. I take pride in my attention to detail and clarity in engraving, with a player-centered approach to all the music I work on. Whether it’s engraving a new work, writing a custom arrangement for your ensemble, or even editing an audition cut, I want to help your musical project succeed. For samples of my work, click on the thumbnails to the right.

What is a music engraver? Why do I need one?

A music engraver (or music copyist) is a highly-specialized kind of musician, trained in producing legible scores for performers. An engraver’s duties include:

  • Translating a composer or orchestrator’s sketches into a typeset score that correctly reflects the original author’s work

  • Editing scores to catch mistakes, ensure consistency, avoid collisions, create good page turns, etc.

  • Extracting individual parts for performers

  • Transposing music to a new key

  • Creating a piano reduction or piano/conductor score

  • Knowing the intricacies of music notation software and being able to solve problems efficiently and creatively

  • Create high-quality .PDFs or printed sheet music

All of this detail-oriented work leads to a rehearsal, performance, or recording session that will run smoothly, without losing time to questions over notation.

Rates

It is difficult to set a flat rate for every project to come across my desk, as no two pieces of music are exactly the same. However, most pieces fall into the pricing below. Contact me at the button above to get a more accurate quote for your music.

  • Music entry: $.30 per frame

  • Part Extraction: $.10 per measure per part

Full Score and Parts (arrangement and engraving) -  When I Fall In Love for piano, violin, and cello

Full Score and Parts (arrangement and engraving) - When I Fall In Love for piano, violin, and cello

Keyboard with Patch Changes (arrangement and engraving) -  Rainbow Connection for The Great Cover Up 2019

Keyboard with Patch Changes (arrangement and engraving) - Rainbow Connection for The Great Cover Up 2019

Piano/Vocal with Chords and Fretboards (transcription and engraving) -  Can’t Get Along Without You from  Kermit Unpigged

Piano/Vocal with Chords and Fretboards (transcription and engraving) - Can’t Get Along Without You from Kermit Unpigged

Lead Sheet with Ukulele Fretboards (engraving) -  Vocal score for  Failure: A Love Story

Lead Sheet with Ukulele Fretboards (engraving) - Vocal score for Failure: A Love Story

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