Career as a Musician


A Musician is someone who is talented and skilled in playing one or several musical instruments. A musician could also compose, conduct, sing, perform, orchestrate and arrange music in a variety of different styles. The music can be recorded in a studio or performed live.

A Musician’s passion is to play music. Musicians may perform as solo artists, in bands, ensembles, choirs, and orchestras either in front of live audiences or in the recording studio. There are many kinds of roles that can come with being a professional musician including: Session musician ,Composer, Conductor ,Music teacher, Music producer. A Musician’s skill can include performing, singing, composing, conducting, and arranging among a wide range of genres such as alternative, blues, rock, classical, jazz, R&B, indie, hip-hop, country, and many more. The job of a musician varies depending on the genre, circumstance, and goals of the individual. Whether it is producing albums, going on tours, or playing in local bars, the job can change at any time. Many musicians have a second part time job to help support them in their career.

Duties of Musicians and singers typically includes to perform music for live audiences and recordings, audition for positions in orchestras, choruses, bands, and other types of music groups. They practice playing instruments or singing to improve their technique, They do rehearse to prepare for performances and find locations for performances or concerts. They also travel sometimes great distances, to performance venues and promote their careers by maintaining a website or social media presence or doing photo shoots and interviews.

Once gaining experience in the popular music industry, they may decide to move into the business side as a producer or manager or to work for a record company. It's also possible to develop their career as a composer or conductor, start their own ensemble or move into related areas of work such as music education, administration or community arts work. Establishing a career as a musician can be difficult as it is a very competitive area of work, particularly at the start of their career, and you will need talent, determination and perseverance to succeed.

Work Environment

The workplace of a musician can vary. They can work in a studio or play before a live audience. They may work as freelance artists or as salaried musicians for orchestras, choirs, theatres or musical bands. Many musicians also teach music to students, either in schools, colleges or universities, or one-on-one out of their home or a music store. Teaching often supplements a musician's income as a performer.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor's/ Master's Degree in Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts.

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