Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-2041 Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, choirs, and glee clubs. Include arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: 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. Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists. Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed. Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
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