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Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.
    • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
    • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
    • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
    • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
    • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
    • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
    • Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.
    • Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.
    • Play from memory or by following scores.
    • Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
    • Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set.
    • Listen to recordings to master pieces or to maintain and improve skills.
    • Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.
    • Teach music for specific instruments.
    • Provide the musical background for live shows, such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.
    • Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.
    • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
    • Make or participate in recordings in music studios.
    • Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.
    • Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.
    • Direct bands or orchestras.
    • Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.
    • Make or participate in recordings.
    • Arrange and edit music to fit style and purpose.
    • Improvise music during performances.
    • Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts.
    • Compose original music, such as popular songs, symphonies, or sonatas.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

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    Pay

    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 33.57/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 6,790
    • Yearly Projected Openings 790

    Typical Education

    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
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Musical instrument effects unit
    • Microphones
    • Drum stick
    • Compact disk players or recorders
    • Accessories for stringed instruments

    Technology

    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Music or sound editing software
    • Instant messaging software
    • Computer based training software
    • Accounting software

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