Music Transcription Rates

Music TranscriptionMusic Transcription is an art, we love to do it, and we’re good at it. We’re very accurate.

It takes time. Writing arrangements from sheet music is cheaper than writing from transcribed material. If there’s no sheet music, we need to do the transcription first, and we need to bill for it.

Rates for Music Transcription Services

  • Melody, countermelody and chords $35/minute of recorded music
  • plus lyrics $45 /minute of music
  • Polyphonic low density $60 /minute of music
  • Polyphonic high density $75 (fast, lots of notes, atonal or dense voicings) /minute of music

Bulk time discounts are available. Rates are lower for educational institutions, non-profits, students, and independent artists. Ask for a quote!

About Jon Burr

Staff Arranger Jon Burr is also the site administrator for

Active as a bassist, composer, and arranger since the beginning of his career, Jon's work has appeared on recordings by Chet Baker, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark O'Connor, Barry Miles, Arlyn Valencia, and many others. As a bassist he's performed or recorded with Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Rita Moreno, Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, and many others.

Jon writes in a variety of styles, ensembles large and small, with experience in many instrumental configurations. You can hear his work on his websites and Jon Burr Quintet, and is receiving rave reviews from Arranger for Hire customers. His arranging reel is available on request (email us on using the site form). He also writes about cooking at The Improvising Chef.