Mansfield Music-Graphics: History

From 1978 to 2006, Mansfield Music-Graphics provided an array of music preparation services for publishers, composers, orchestras, recording artists, authors, and others. Although Mansfield Music-Graphics is no longer “officially” active, this company evolved into what is now Mansfield Music.

Ernie Mansfield was in the vanguard of using computer notation apps, developing several specialized music fonts, and contributed to the development of Music Press, created by Alan Talbot. Ernie continues to be the exclusive dealer for Music Press.

In 2019, Steinberg and Dorico Music Notation Software created the Petaluma Font “with a handwritten appearance, in the style of the hand copyists for Sher Publishing’s Real Book series, Ernie Mansfield and Ann Krinitsky.” 

Mansfield Music uses many of the teaching methods learned through working with these publishers, and so it is worth acknowledging a few of them below:

Teaching Methods and Books

Celestial Harmonies (Eckhart Rahn, Peter Michael Hamel, Terry Riley)
C.P.P. – Belwin
Kjos Music Co. (PIano, Guitar, Band Methods and Music Books: Jane Bastien, Keith Snell, etc.)
Homespun Music Instruction
Miller Freeman Publications/Backbeat Books
Sher Music Company (Jazz Real Books)
Wadsworth Publications/Thompson/Cengage Learning
W.W. Norton


Fantasy Records (Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, etc.)
David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.
Narada Michael Walden

Composers (Music Preparation)

John Adams
Wendy Carlos
Dan Kobialka
Lawrence Rosenthal
Gunther Schuller
Tony Williams

Organizations (Music Preparation)

Kulberg/Michie Music (Music Prep. and Orchestrations)
Kronos String Quartet
Music Dept., Stanford University
Music Dept., University of California, Berkeley
Public Broadcasting System, KRON-TV, etc.
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony


Thanks loads! The Adult Book looks GREAT and I thank you for all your work and help.
~ Jane Bastien (Kjos Music)

Thanks for doing such a good job on this book — it will show in the finished product!
~ Debbie McDaniel (Wadsworth Publishing)

The parts looked great! Thanks for the quick and impressive job you did. Hope to have more work for you in the future. All best wishes,
~ Terry Riley (Celestial Harmonies)

This is just a quick note to let you know how pleased we are with the work you did….. Your copying was highly professional, and you obviously worked hard to make sure everything was clearly laid out and understandable.
~ Happy Traum (Homespun Music Instruction)

Thanks again for your feedback and trust and personal touches of thought and frustration . . .
~ Wendy Carlos

We are very pleased with the title, and greatly appreciate your efforts in helping bring this to publication. On behalf of Dave Stewart and Miller Freeman Books, please accept this token of our gratitude for your participation.
~ Cory O’Malley (Miller Freeman Books ~ BackBeat Books)

Once again, thanks are due to Ernie Mansfield and Ann Krinitsky for producing the world’s most legible music manuscript.
~ Chuck Sher (Sher Music Co., home of the Jazz Real Books)