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Music Composers & Arrangers

Also called: Film Composer, Music Arranger, Music Composer, Music Producer

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What they do:
Write and transcribe musical scores.
On the job, you would:
  • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
  • Use computers and synthesizers to compose, orchestrate, and arrange music.
  • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Sibelius


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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