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Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
    • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
    • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
    • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
    • Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.
    • Transcribe ideas for musical compositions into musical notation, using instruments, pen and paper, or computers.
    • Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
    • Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists.
    • Write musical scores for orchestras, bands, choral groups, or individual instrumentalists or vocalists, using knowledge of music theory and of instrumental and vocal capabilities.
    • Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
    • Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
    • Confer with producers and directors to define the nature and placement of film or television music.
    • Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
    • Fill in details of orchestral sketches, such as adding vocal parts to scores.
    • Explore and develop musical ideas based on sources such as imagination or sounds in the environment.
    • Write music for commercial mediums, including advertising jingles or film soundtracks.
    • Transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to accommodate particular musicians.
    • Rewrite original musical scores in different musical styles by changing rhythms, harmonies, or tempos.
    • Arrange music composed by others, changing the music to achieve desired effects.
    • Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
    • Coordinate and organize tours, or hire touring companies to arrange concert dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation for longer tours.
    • Study films or scripts to determine how musical scores can be used to create desired effects or moods.
    • Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.
    • Create original musical forms, or write within circumscribed musical forms such as sonatas, symphonies, or operas.
    • Collaborate with other colleagues, such as copyists, to complete final scores.
    • Copy parts from scores for individual performers.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

    • 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.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44590/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.44/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,400
    • Yearly Projected Openings 280

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    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Innovation
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Pianos
    • Musical organs
    • Musical instrument effects unit
    • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI interfaces
    • Guitars

    Technology

    • Presentation software
    • Music or sound editing software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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