Profession

Musicians and Artists


Description

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. Musicians play one or more instruments. To make themselves more marketable, many musicians become proficient in multiple musical instruments or styles.Musicians play solo or in bands, orchestras, or small groups. Those in bands may play at weddings, private parties, clubs, or bars while they try to build enough fans to get a recording contract or representation by an agent. Some musicians work as part of a large group of musicians, such as an orchestra, whose members must work and practice together. A few musicians become section leaders, who may be responsible for assigning parts to other musicians or for leading rehearsals.Others musicians are session musicians, specializing in playing backup for a singer or band leader during recording sessions and live performances.Singers perform vocal music in a variety of styles. Some specialize in a particular vocal style, such as opera or jazz; others perform in a variety of musical genres. Singers, particularly those who specialize in opera or classical music, may perform in different languages, such as French or Italian. Opera and musical theater singers act out a story by singing instead of speaking the dialogue. Some singers become background singers, providing vocals to harmonize with or support a lead singer.In some cases, musicians and singers write their own music to record and perform. For more information about careers in songwriting, see the profile on music directors and composers.Some musicians and singers give private music lessons to children and adults. Others with a background in music may teach music in public and private schools, but they typically need a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. For more information, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers. (collegegrad.com)

Job Prospect

High

Work Environment

Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs.

General and Personal Skills Required

Average Salary

Cost of Training

Recommended Level of Education

Secondary School

Professional Skills / Tools Required

Intellectual Property Management Skills, Contract Negotiating Skills, Dispute Settling Skills, Songbooks and Music Sheet Issuing Skills

Associated Disciplines