Write and transcribe musical scores.
- Creative Director
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- Music Adapter
- Music Arranger
- Music Composer
- Copy parts from scores for individual performers.
- Collaborate with other colleagues, such as copyists, to complete final scores.
- Create original musical forms, or write within circumscribed musical forms such as sonatas, symphonies, or operas.
- Study films or scripts to determine how musical scores can be used to create desired effects or moods.
- Accept commissions to create music for special occasions.
- Arrange music composed by others, changing the music to achieve desired effects.
- Study original pieces of music to become familiar with them prior to making any changes.
- Rewrite original musical scores in different musical styles by changing rhythms, harmonies, or tempos.
- Transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to accommodate particular musicians.
- Write music for commercial mediums, including advertising jingles or film soundtracks.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AE.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Independence in their jobs.
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- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- 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.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $54,560 with most people making between $22,130 and $87,970
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.
collegeCalifornia State University-Long Beach
majorMusic Theory and Composition
collegeUniversity of Southern California
collegeCalifornia Institute of the Arts
collegeSan Francisco Conservatory of Music
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