Best Music Transcription Service Available

Best Music Transcription Services Anywhere

We start with pencil, eraser and ears!

Our music transcription service is fast and accurate.

Orchestral Scores

We transcribe orchestral scores from recordings as a service to our clients. We’re able to reconstruct detailed, complex musical scores, reconstructing the melodies, orchestration, and sonorities of the recorded source so that result sounds virtually identical to the original in performance.

Big Band

We’re very familiar with big band music. All of our arrangers have written for both orchestra and big band, and we’re all performing musicians who have worked in both of these contexts.

String Quartet

Our most frequently requested service is the transcription of string quartet music for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Vocal Music

We make lead sheets from provided audio of vocal performances and demo recordings. Occasionally our clients need to have accompaniment written to a solo vocal line they’ve provided. Although writing “the chords” to a song is composition, this is a service we offer on a work-for-hire basis, claiming no credit unless by specific arrangement with the client.

The Cost of Music Transcription

Our rates are derived from the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 Rate Sheet for Orchestrators.

Music transcription is painstaking work, we do it well, and our rates are fair, based on negotiated rates between the American Federation of Musicians and publishers, including the Television, Recording,  and Film industries.

We give substantial discounts to independent artists, presenters, producers and private clients.


About Jon Burr

Jon Burr is a composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, bandleader, bassist, and educator from Yonkers, NY.. and a Finale user since 1996. As owner/operator of Arranger for Hire, he serves music arranging and production customers from around the world. A veteran touring bassist, his performance credits include Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Eartha Kitt, Rita Moreno, The Hot Swing Trio, Stephane Grappelli and many others. Arranging customers have included the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Chilean Astronomy Society, The Milpitas Community Concert Band, The Honey Taps, The Montclair Kimberly Academy’s annual musical, and many others. He writes for and leads his own ensembles, including the Jon Burr Quintet. His arrangements for Swedish YouTube artist Kim Andersson have received over 5 million views on Facebook and YouTube.