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What is "Music Prep" or "Copying" work?
This is the process of preparing ("prep") the actual printed music "charts" that the musicians will read during a recording session.

Music Preparation involves extracting parts from a musical score (which may be provided in printed or electronic form) and making them easy to read and legible by musicians. Adhering to standards and traditions for how musicians prefer to have music presented is important, as is making sure that every note is represented correctly on the music "charts" for the musicians.

"Copying" is another word for music preparation, and a common term for one who does music prep or copying work is a "copyist."

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