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Musicians, Instrumental

Also called: Horn Player, Musician, Orchestra Musician, Violinist

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Premier Band; Regional Band Apprentice, Bassoon; Regional Band Apprentice, Oboe; Regional Band Craftsman, Audio And Lighting Engineer; Regional Band Craftsman, Horn; Regional Band Craftsman, Tuba; Regional Band Helper, Electric Bass/String Bass; Regional Band Helper, Saxophone; Regional Band Journeyman, Bassoon; Regional Band Journeyman, Oboe

What they do:
Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
On the job, you would:
  • Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music or to maintain and improve skills.
  • Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds
  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
Web page creation and editing software
  • Blogging software
  • Facebook Hot Technology
Instant messaging software
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$24.20
per hour, on average
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