Gospel Singer, Singer, Singing Telegram Performer, Vocalist
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
Music is a universal form of self-expression. Musicians and Singers convey a culture’s musical traditions and create new forms as well. An ear, or talent, for music often shows up early in life. While vocal training for singers usually begins in later teen years when the voice matures, musicians can start learning an instrument even sooner. For those who specialize in classical or jazz music, it’s typical to take formal instruction, such as studying with a "master" or earning a bachelors or master’s degree in music. Many musicians working in popular music genres, like hip hop, rock, and folk, are self-taught. Musicians and singers need a great deal of skill, tenacity and sometimes luck -- to earn a living from music. While they may find work through competitive auditions, most need to promote themselves to find consistent work. Gigs, or performances, are often scheduled in the evenings, weekends or holidays and can require travel away from home. Musicians and singers often teach, or hold another “day job” to support a performing career. Offering lessons and performing for different venues is a form of self-employment. Financial and business experience or classes can be helpful for managing the business side of a self-employed music career. While a music career isn’t an easy one, for many, the joy of performing more than makes up for the sacrifices the art demands.
What they do:
Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.
On the job, you would:
Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
Arts and Humanities
music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
sales and marketing
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
changing what is done based on other people's actions
understanding people's reactions
remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Music or sound editing software
Computer based training software
Cantovation Sing & See
Desktop publishing software
Avid Technology Sibelius
high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed