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Music Directors & Composers

Also called: Conductor, Music Composer, Music Director, Music Producer

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What they do:
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.
On the job, you would:
  • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
  • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds
  • recognize spoken words

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
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
Presentation software
  • MediaShout
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$51,670
$23,100
$125,200
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