Music Directors

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Artistic Director
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Band Master
  • Chancel Choir Director
  • Children's Choir Director
  • Choir Director
  • Choir Leader
  • Choir Teacher
  • Choirmaster

What They Do

  • Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
  • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
  • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists.
  • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
  • Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
  • Confer with clergy to select music for church services.
  • Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.
  • Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AES.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $54,560 with most people making between $22,130 and $87,970

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 93,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 102,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 32,000 replacement openings for approximately 32,000 total annual openings.