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:
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
Education and Training
teaching and course design
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:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Music or sound editing software
Avid Technology Pro Tools
Web page creation and editing software
Instant messaging software
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed