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Instrument Range Guidelines

Guidelines for music compositions / submissions:

  1. Here are some helpful Instrument Range Guidelines according to grade level written by our music editor.
  2. We prefer to publish our scores with 25 staves or less, putting 1st and 2nd flute & oboe, 2nd and 3rd clarinet etc. on one stave (if needed), to reduce score to 25 or less staves because most of our scores are published on 8.5 X 11 letter-sized paper.
  3. We generally use 0.5 margins for score and parts except for the first page.
  4. Please keep page turns in mind when extracting your parts. We can do this if you are not sure, but every little bit helps for future editing.
  5. For submission questions, go to our submissions page.
  6. A note page about the music and a composer biography are good to have, but are not a requirement for new submissions. However, these are required for music that is accepted.

 

Instrument Grade 1 Parts 1 Grade 2 Parts 2 Grade 3 Parts 3 Grade 4 Parts 4 Grade 5 Parts 5
Piccolo none none none none G-G(2nd Oct.) 1 F-Ab 1 D-Bb 1 or 2
Flute Bb-Eb 1 F-F(2 Oct.) 1 Eb-G 1 D-Bb 1 or 2 C-C 1 or 2
Oboe G-G(Octave) 1 C-C(2 Oct.) 1 Bb-D 1 or 2 Bb-Eb 1 or 2 Bb-F 1 or 2
English Horn none none none none none none cued 1 cued 1
Bassoon F-Bb(12th) 1 C-C(2 Oct.) 1 Bb-F 1 or 2 Bb-Bb 1 or 2 Bb-D 2 or 3
Eb Clarinet none none none none none none Optional 1 E-G 0 or 1
Bb Clarinet F-G(17th) 1 or 2 E-C(2 ½) 2 E-D 2 or 3 E-F 3 E-G 3 or 4
Alto Cl. none none E-G 0 or 1 E-Bb 0 or 1 E-C 0 or 1 E-D 0 or 1
Bass Cl. F-Bb(open) 1 E-C(1½) 1 Eb-G 1 Eb-C 1 Eb-F 1
Contra B Cl. none none Optional 0 or 1   0 or 1   0 or 1 0 or 1  
Alto Sax D-C(15th) 1 C-C(2 Oct.) 1 C-D 1 or 2 Bb-D 2 Bb-F 2
Tenor Sax C-F 1 C-C(2 Oct.) 1 C-D 1 Bb-D 1 Bb-D 1 or 2
Bari Sax C-F 1 C-C(2 Oct.) 1 C-D 1 Bb-D 1 Bb-D 1
Cornet/Tpt. A-E 1 or 2 G-F 2 F#-A 2 or 3 F#-Bb 3-5 F#-C 3-6
Horn low G-D 1 F-E 1 F-F 2-4 F-G 3-4 C-Bb 4
Trombone Ab-D 1 G-Eb 1 or 2 F-F 2 F-Ab 2 F-Bb 2 or 3
Bass Trombone none none none none F-D 1 Eb-D 1 Ab-F(2½) 1
Euphonium Ab-D 1 G-F 1 F-G 1 F-Ab 1 Eb-Bb 1 or 2
Tuba Ab-D 1 G-Eb 1 G-F 1 F-F 1 F-Ab 1 or 2
String Bass none none none none Opt. E-B 0 or 1 Opt. E-C 1 E-G 1
Percussion   1-4   1-4   1-5   1-5   1-6
Timpani 2 drums 1 2-3 drums 1 3-4 drums 1 4 drums 1 4-5 drums 1 or 2


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