Prepare compositions for publishing


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by music copyists to prepare compositions for electronic or print publishing.

It applies to individuals who work with publishing house editors on print based scores or take the hand written score of a composer and enter the notation into a computer program.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine requirements for music publishing

1.1 Clarify music publishing briefs in consultation with appropriate people

1.2 Negotiate a contract for services as required

1.3 Organise required resources

2. Prepare music

2.1 Produce clear and accurate notation of individual parts, using relevant software applications if required

2.2 Adjust work for particular instruments, including range, tone and balance

2.3 Transcribe music from audio sources as required

2.4 Set down work using methods and conventions appropriate to the context and musical style

2.5 Proof notated music to ensure consistency in the spelling of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic notation

2.6 Seek advice from appropriate specialists to resolve issues with music sources, including copyright clearances and intellectual property rights

2.7 Discuss work in progress with appropriate personnel, and incorporate feedback as required

2.8 Complete and present work in the required format by agreed deadline

3. Review work

3.1 Seek feedback from appropriate people on the process used to prepare music for publishing

3.2 Evaluate own work and identify areas for future improvement

Evidence of Performance

Evidence of the ability to:

interpret music publishing briefs

prepare different types of compositions for publishing, including one that has parts

notate and proofread music for publication

evaluate own work and identify ways to improve

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Evidence of Knowledge

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

explain publishers’ requirements in relation to notation of music

explain musical protocols and customs for notating and editing music for publication

describe features of a range software tools/packages and other resources that might be required for notating music for publication

explain file formats that might be used for publishing music

describe copyright issues and intellectual property rights in the context of preparing compositions for publishing

outline issues and challenges that typically arise in the context of preparing compositions for publishing, and how they might be overcome.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

opportunities for preparing compositions for publishing

printed scores or recorded performances.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.


Performance Criteria



2.5, 2.8

Checks texts for accuracy and against requirements of briefs


2.1, 2.3-2.5, 2.8

Records work plan and approach in language and a format that is appropriate for the area of specialisation

Employs appropriate conventions to record music

Oral Communication

1.1, 1.2, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1

Participates in a verbal exchange of ideas, and elicits the view and opinions of others by listening and questioning

Transcribes texts from audio sources



Applies timeframes in accordance with schedule requirements

Navigate the world of work

1.2, 2.6

Confirms role requirements with relevant personnel

Identifies, confirms and applies copyright requirements relevant to role

Interact with others

1.1, 1.2, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1

Collaborates with others to convey and elicit information, develop and confirm understanding, and gain feedback

Follows accepted communication practices and protocols in negotiations

Get the work done

1.1, 1.3, 2.1-2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2

Plans and prioritises a range of routine and non-routine tasks to meet deadlines

Applies problem solving processes to evaluate options and decide on solutions and improvements

Uses digital technologies to source and manage information and support creative processes


Performing arts – music composition