Dawn Wakefield

Proofreading text and sheet music| Creating piano fingering

I work on books, journal articles, university dissertations, blogs and online text, and sheet music.

About me

Being both an editor and a professional piano teacher, my ideal projects to work on are educational materials, especially piano books where I can offer text and sheet music proofreading as well as fingering creation/checking. However, my wider musical tastes and experience lead to enjoying editing any music-related books, articles, academic writing etc.

Strong personal interests in meditation and mindfulness mean that text that focuses on the spiritual, psychological and therapeutic aspects of music, is an area I can work in with sensitivity and understanding.

I am a fluent French speaker and have previously worked as a French–English translator. I have useful working knowledge of Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, and Dutch, and am able to read basic Greek. I am experienced in working with authors who have English as a second language.

CIEP grade: Intermediate Member
Keywords: piano music, educational, academic, Classical music, music history, folk music (British and Balkan), world music
Instruments/musical skills: piano, flute, clarinet, recorders, Balkan dance
Location: Norfolk, UK


  • 2:1 BA in Russian with music – Durham University
  • ABRSM Grade 8 in piano and clarinet

I have taken various CIEP courses in proofreading and copyediting, and I am continually developing and updating my skills. Further details can be sent on request.


Recent work includes:

  • Proofreading and fingering for three piano books for Faber Music
  • Proofreading online materials for BTEC Music Practice teaching resource


Thank you for your invaluable work on the piano book HerStory. We found your work on proofreading the music against older/original documents showed a careful, meticulous eye for detail; the piano fingering you created for a large proportion of the pieces, was well thought out and respectful of our house style. Your knowledge of European languages, especially French was really very useful in helping with proofreading the text within the book, and amending some translated text. We also appreciated your general well-informed input as an experienced piano teacher yourself.
Lesley Rutherford, Publishing Director, Faber Music

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent proofreading work that Dawn has provided. Her meticulous attention to detail, excellent punctuation skills, and insightful suggestions with deep musical understanding have significantly improved the clarity and readability of the document. I really appreciate Dawn’s professionalism and dedication to ensuring the high quality of my thesis.
Yajie Ye, MPhil student in choral and orchestral conducting, University of Glasgow 

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