Products & Services

+ What services do you offer?

At Black Note Transcriptions, we offer four main services: Transcriptions, Arrangements, Reductions, and Engraving services. For more information on each of our services, please visit the "OUR SERVICES" page.

+ What’s the difference between arrangement and reduction?

Arranging is the art of rewriting a piece of music to fit a new set of standards. Maybe you want to change the key, the style, the instrumentation, the harmonies… arrangement covers it all. Reduction is the practice of taking a piece of music and transcribing it accurately, while simplifying the piece for fewer instruments.

+ What do I actually get with my order?

You will receive the following: PDF file of all scores and parts, MP3 audio file of your project, as played by Sibelius (only for Transcription & Reduction), XML file, which can be opened on any notation software, and a Sibelius file if requested.

+ Can you help me with Sibelius?

Absolutely! Visit our blog here or our Youtube channel here for Software notation tips and tricks. We put out new articles and videos weekly, so be sure to subscribe to our channel and bookmark our blog for all of our latest tips.

+ How quickly can you finish my project?

We offer a 72 hour delivery from payment on transcriptions, engravings, and reductions. Need it sooner? We offer a 24 hour rush delivery option at an additional cost. In case of emergencies, we might be able to provide your service sooner than 24 hours. Arrangement delivery time is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity and length of the request.

+ What services do you offer for teachers?

We understand the high demands placed on music teachers to always have fresh, complete music, to always rearrange or accommodate their music, or to replace missing parts from a large set of music. We are happy to work out custom arrangements for school ensembles. As former K-12 music teachers, we can understand the skill level and needs of your students. Whatever your needs are, we can help. We offer a rush 24-hour turnaround time on most jobs (arrangements not included), so give us a shout when you’re in a pinch.

+ Do you offer custom services that aren’t listed on your website?

That depends. If you have an idea and need some help, let us know. If your request fits within the general area of music notation, we can probably help. We’re happy to talk it over with you!

+ I just finished my first transcription. Can you proofread it?

We don’t formally offer this service, but we can proofread or correct your transcription for a fee. We can either correct any mistakes, or simply mark them so that you know what needs to be fixed.

Our Process

+ How do you transcribe?

Everyone on our team has a different transcribing process! If you’d like to learn some of our favourite tips and suggestions, check out our article “Top 10 Transcription Tips". Keep in mind that everyone has a different method, so you’ll want to practise until you find what works best for you.

+ How do you know your transcriptions are accurate?

With many years of experience as musicians and transcriptionists, we are confident in our work. We always proofread our work and have another team member look it over before returning it to you. While we pride ourselves on our accuracy, we understand that mistakes can happen. If you see something on your project that you think is inaccurate, please let us know and we will correct it at no cost.

+ How many people are working on your team?

Currently, Black Note Transcriptions is comprised of only the two co-founders: Ali McLeod and Sarah Martinson. We are expecting to expand our team soon! To learn about Ali and Sarah, visit our ABOUT US page.

+ Are you hiring?

At the moment we are not looking for team members. If you’d like to be considered for a member of our team when we are ready to expand, please send us an email at We’d love to hear from you.

The Ordering Process

+ How do I place an order?

For all orders, visit our GET A QUOTE page. We will get back in touch with you within 24 hours to confirm your order and quote you a price. After we send you the quote, you can choose to accept or deny the offer. After you accept the offer and confirm your payment, we will begin working on your project.

+ Why can’t I just know the price immediately?

To keep costs down for you, we like to price each job individually based on complexity and length. If we used an automatic pricing system, it’s likely that some of the 'easier' jobs would charge you more than necessary. We want to respect your business and the time that we put into completing your projects.

+ How long do I need to wait for a confirmation of my order?

After you send us a request, we will send you a quoted offer of the project. You can choose to accept or deny the offer. If you accept, you will complete the payment process. As soon as the payment is confirmed, you will receive confirmation of the order. The 72 hour guaranteed turnaround time begins from the moment you receive your confirmation.

+ I’m not sure which service to choose. Can you help?

Yes! Fill out our GET A QUOTE form, explain your project, and we will get back to you with what we think you need.

+ Can we chat on the phone about my project?

Absolutely! Fill out our online request form, give us a description of your project, and let us know you’d like to have a phone conversation. We will determine a time for the call together and continue from there. We love discussing our projects over the phone, as we like to get a better idea of who you are and what exactly you need.


+ How do you determine pricing?

We have different pricing ranges for all categories of our transcriptions, reductions, and engraving projects. We rate the complexity of each project on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being the most complex. From there, we determine the time we will need to spend on your project, and quote you our offer. To see the various pricing ranges, visit the "OUR SERVICES" page.

+ Do you offer discounts?

Yes! We offer a 10% educational discount for students and teachers. If you have a very large project, a potential discount could also be discussed.

Technical Questions

+ Do you offer any premium courses?

At the moment, we do not offer any premium courses. However, we expect to be launching some soon.

+ I have an idea for an article. Can you write about it?

Sure! We will do our best. Send us an email at

+ Why are you teaching people how to do your job? Won’t you lose business?

You’re right, it is a ton of work! While we’ve put a lot of effort into creating this platform and these services, we believe that in a perfect, musical world, this service wouldn’t be needed. If you want to use us for all of your music notation needs, great! We will always be there for you. However, if you want to learn any of the skills we provide, we highly encourage you to do so. The skills required to transcribe, arrange, reduce, and engrave will strengthen your overall musicianship. How could we ever discourage that? We want to be a part of equal access to quality music education. If you’d like to learn more, visit our blog and our YouTube channel. We release new articles and videos every week!