Think you’re ready to edit materials about music? We spoke to three music specialist editors about the resources they have on their bookshelves, besides the titles most editors have. Here’s their list:
- Writing about Music: A Style Sheet by D. Kern Holoman is geared more to editing the sorts of text that you would find in programs and other descriptions of music
- Behind Bars by Elaine Gould is a recent, authoritative tome on musical notation by the Senior New Music Editor at Faber Music
- Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Music is to be read critically and used as a guide, not an authority
- Schulich School of Music Style Sheet
- Computer Music Journal: Style Sheet and Spelling Guide
- How to write about music: the RILM manual of style by James R. Cowdery (Ed.)
- New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music
Thanks to these music editors for contributing to this series:
Pam Smith, an editor specializing in music, the arts and humanities, management, and corporate work in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Michele Satanove, a classical-musician-turned-editor in British Colombia, Canada. Thanks also for the title suggestions.
Katherine Noftz Nagel, a freelance technical writer, editor, web designer, personal tech coach, and mezzo-soprano in New York state.