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.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - interpret music publishing briefs; - prepare different types of compositions for publishing, including one that has parts; - notate and proofread music for publication, and; - evaluate own work and identify ways to improve.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - 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, and; - outline issues and challenges that typically arise in the context of preparing compositions for publishing, and how they might be overcome.

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