Music Grapher

Transcribe music symbols and lyrics from manuscript to sheet music.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Music Graphers do?

Transcribes music symbols and lyrics from manuscript to sheet music master copy, using pen and ink, ink pad, rules, dies, and straightedge: Draws evenly spaced horizontal lines on master copy, using rule, straightedge, and pen. Reads manuscript to determine word and symbol dies needed. Presses dies in ink pad and transcribes words and symbols to master copy to prepare copy for reproduction.


Should I be a Music Grapher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Music Typographer

    How to become a Music Grapher

    Music Graphers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Music Grapher-related education!
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