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Music Directors

Also called: Choir Director, Conductor, Music Director, Music Minister

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
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
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds
  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Apple MainStage
  • Avid Audio Pro Tools
Presentation software
  • MediaShout
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$50,110
$20,820
$106,700
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