Instrumental Musicians

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Performing Arts

Projected Growth: Little or no change

22400+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Common job titles of Instrumental Musicians include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 37.83% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 21.32% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Play from memory or by following scores.

    Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.

    Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music or to maintain and improve skills.

    Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.

    Listen to recordings to master pieces or to maintain and improve skills.

    Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.

    Teach music for specific instruments.

    Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.

    Arrange and edit music to fit style and purpose.

    Improvise music during performances.

    Direct bands or orchestras.

    Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.

    Compose original music, such as popular songs, symphonies, or sonatas.

    Make or participate in recordings in music studios.

    Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.

    Provide the musical background for live shows, such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.

    Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.

Tools

Xylophones

Wooden drum sticks

Violins

Violas

Vibraphones

Tubas

Trumpets

All Tools

Trombones

Timpani

Tablet computers

Synthesizers

Stringed instrument bows

String winders

String cutters

Sousaphones

Sheet music stands

Piccolos

Pianos

Personal computers

Orchestral cymbals

Oboes

Musical organs

Musical flutes

Musical cornets

Mellophones

Marimbas

Marching bells

Maracas

Mandolins

Laptop computers

Kettle drums

Instrument tuning forks

Instrument mutes

Harpsichords

Harps

Handbells

Guitar stands

French horns

Finger picks

Euphoniums

English horns

Electronic metronomes

Dulcimers

Drum mallets

Double basses

Digital tuners

Cymbal stands

Clip-on microphones

Clavichords

Cellos

Capos

Bugles

Bongo drums

Bb clarinets

Bassoons

Baritone horns

Banjoes

Bagpipes

Autoharps

Amplifiers

Alto saxophones

Alto horns

Acoustic guitars

Accordions

Technologies

Facebook

YouTube

Apple GarageBand

Appointment scheduling software

Avid Technology Pro Tools

Avid Technology Sibelius

Blogging software

All Technologies

Financial tracking software

Instagram

iZotope Ozone

MakeMusic Finale

Snapchat

Twitter

Abilities

Detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Hearing Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Auditory Attention

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Multilimb Coordination

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