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Musicians, Instrumental

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

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Bandmaster; Musician, Euphonium; Premier Band Craftsman; Regional Band Apprentice, Guitar; Regional Band Apprentice, Vocalist; Regional Band Craftsman, Horn; Regional Band Helper; Regional Band Helper, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands); Regional Band Journeyman, Audio And Lighting Engineer; Regional Band Journeyman, Music Arranger; Special Band Musician

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.


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


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
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • 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


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


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

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