2017 Musicians and Singers
Median Pay: The annual wage is not available.
Entry Level: No formal educational credential
Summary
Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.
Duties

Musicians and singers typically do the following:

  • Perform music for live audiences and recordings
  • Audition for positions in orchestras, choruses, bands, and other types of music groups
  • Practice playing instruments or singing to improve their technique
  • Rehearse to prepare for performances
  • Find locations for performances or concerts
  • Travel, sometimes great distances, to performance venues
  • Promote their careers by maintaining a website or social media presence or doing photo shoots and interviews

Musicians play one or more instruments. To make themselves more marketable, many musicians become proficient in multiple musical instruments or styles.

Musicians play in bands, orchestras, or small groups. Those in bands may play at weddings, private parties, clubs, or bars while they try to build enough fans to get a recording contract or representation by an agent. Some musicians work as part of a large group of musicians who must work and practice together, such as an orchestra. A few musicians become section leaders, who may be responsible for assigning parts to other musicians or for leading rehearsals.

Others musicians are session musicians, who specialize in playing backup for a singer or band leader during recording sessions and live performances.

Singers perform vocal music in a variety of styles. Some specialize in a particular vocal style, such as opera or jazz; others perform in a variety of musical genres. Singers, particularly those who specialize in opera or classical music, may perform in different languages, such as French or Italian. Opera singers act out a story by singing instead of speaking the dialogue. Some singers become background singers, providing vocals to harmonize or support a lead singer.

In some cases, musicians and singers write their own music to record and perform. For more information about careers in songwriting, see the profile on music directors and composers.

Some musicians and singers give private music lessons to children and adults. Others with a background in music may teach music in public and private schools, but they typically need a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. For more information, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

Theatre

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Kalamazoo CollegeDepartment of Theatre ArtsAssistant Professor of TheatreThe Department of Theatre Arts at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre, beginning in fall 2020.We seek a theatre scholar with experience as a director, playwright...
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Master Music Teacher

Type: Part Time
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Grand Rapids, MI

GALLERY AND STORE INTERN

Type: Internship
Intern, Part Time - Heights Arts Gallery and StoreWhat: Heights Arts is seeking an intern for our store in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. This internshipwill assist Heights Arts in two different phases of implementation and follow-up of our HolidayStore, and maintenance of our year-round Store. The...
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Cleveland Heights, OH

Physician Assistant- General Surgery

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our client, located near Hartford CT, is looking to add a Surgical Physician Assistant to work in collaboration with supervising physician. Provider will be rounding in the clinic, while first and second assisting in General Surgery and other surgical subspecialties. Position is open to recent...
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Pool Attendant - Surfcomber Hotel

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives that set the appropriate scene...
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Pool & Beach Supervisor - Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives that set the appropriate scene...
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Graphics Arts Specialist, Student Activities Board

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Do you want to work in a fun, positive, and collaborative environment? Do you want to help put on concerts, dances, and other epic activities for your fellow students, while learning the ins and outs of event management? Do you want to work with entertainers and musicians from around the country?...
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Physician Assistant- General Surgery

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our client, located near Hartford CT, is looking to add a Surgical Physician Assistant to work in collaboration with supervising physician. Provider will be rounding in the clinic, while first and second assisting in General Surgery and other surgical subspecialties. Position is open to recent...
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Sales Engineer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Due to our continued phenomenal growth, we are actively seeking sales professionals to join our industry renowned team of Sales Engineers here at our headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.WHO TYPICALLY APPLIES FOR THIS JOB?Recent graduates of a Music Technology, Audio Production or Music Business...
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Concierge

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Pool Attendant - Mason & Rook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Provide any property info hereOur mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives...
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Pool Attendant - EPIC Hotel

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives that set the appropriate scene...
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Pool Server - Geraldines

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Provide any property info hereOur mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives...
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Pool Attendant - EPIC Hotel

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives that set the appropriate scene...
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Pool & Beach Attendant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our mission is to be the best loved Hotel & Restaurant Company so regardless of position, we look for individuals who are passionate about providing genuine heartfelt care to our guest and employees.What you get to do: Create and operationally execute initiatives that set the appropriate scene...
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