Notation & Engraving

As well as composing, I’m passionate about notation and making scores look great! There are many different ways of communicating music: notation systems, graphic and image-based communication, communication through physical gestures, or embodied reflexes that have been learnt through improvisation. Whatever system (or combination of systems) you choose to communicate through, this is the channel through which you are collaborating with the other person, whether you are improvising together, or a performer who has never met you places a written copy of your music on a stand. So, my priorities when working with any of these systems of communication between myself and another musician are: 1: Efficiency (is this the most effective and suitable way of communicating intentions?) 2: Clarity (is it clear throughout what is intended?) 3: Artistry (while the system itself is not the music, but the means of realising the music, I believe it is important that the system is thought about with the same art and imagination we apply to creating the music.) If written down, is it visually professional and artistic? Does it look as if the composer cares enough about the music to communicate it properly, and spend time thinking about how it is communicated?

In 2020 I was invited by the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland to deliver two Professional Development seminars drawing on my experience engraving and notating contemporary music in Sibelius. You can access them on YouTube, and I hope they help you to become more familiar with Sibelius as a software, and make your scores look professional and artistic.

If you would like private or group tuition to address notation problems in Sibelius, just get in touch via my Contact page.

Some examples of my notation work: