Music Directors

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What do they do?

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Also known as:

Artistic Director, Band Director, Children's Choir Director, Choir Director, Choral Director, Conductor, Handbell Choir Director, Liturgical Music Director, Music Director, Music Minister, Music Ministries Director, Music Pastor, Orchestra Director

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Music Directors and Composers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Music Directors and Composers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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    Ranks #19 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4.8%)
  • Master's degree (19.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (34.6%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (12%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • 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.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • 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.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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