Musicians, Instrumental

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Also known as:  Accompanist, Baritone, Bassoonist, Bugler, Cellist, Choir Member, Church Organist, Clarinetist, Concert Pianist, Concert Singer

ABOUT MUSICIAN CAREERS

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Performing music can be fun, and getting paid for it makes it more enjoyable still. Composers, singers, and other musicians are employed by big-city orchestras and theaters, by TV and movie studios, and as studio session players in major recording centers like Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. S ...
ome musicians are members of rock bands and jazz groups.

Unfortunately, there are relatively few full-time positions for musicians. Even the most talented must often supplement their income by working at other jobs. Fewer than half of all musicians work full-time, and over sixty percent who do earn a salary, work as music directors for churches and synagogues.

For those who are very talented, the dream of musical success may be worth pursuing. But it is wise to have a related occupation to fall back on. After all, the music industry needs salespeople, managers, technicians, teachers and other professionals as much as it needs performing musicians.
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Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.
Make or participate in recordings in music studios.
Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.
Provide the musical background for live shows such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.
Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.
Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.
Play from memory or by following scores.
Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.
Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments and/or a particular type of music.
Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
Perform before live audiences.
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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
KEY ABILITIES Expand
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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