Music Directors
SOC: 27-2041.01

Description:

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
82,100 employed

Projected (2024):
84,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Artistic Director
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Band Master
  • Chancel Choir Director
  • Children's Choir Director
  • Choir Director
  • Choir Leader
  • Choir Teacher
  • Choirmaster
  • Choral Director
  • Chorister
  • Chorus Master
  • Conductor
  • Handbell Choir Director
  • Maestro
  • Minister of Music
  • Music Director
  • Music Instructor
  • Music Manager
  • Music Minister
  • Music Ministries Director
  • Music Pastor
  • Music Supervisor
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Orchestra Director
  • Orchestra Leader
  • Worship Arts Director
  • Youth Choir Director


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
  • Confer with clergy to select music for church services.
  • Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.
  • Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
  • Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
  • Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
  • Plan and implement fundraising and promotional activities.
  • Coordinate and organize tours, or hire touring companies to arrange concert dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation for longer tours.
  • Collaborate with music librarians to ensure availability of scores.
  • Conduct guest soloists in addition to ensemble members.
  • Meet with composers to discuss interpretations of their work.
  • Engage services of composers to write scores.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Audio interfaces
  • Computer laser printers
  • Conducting batons
  • Copy machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic organs
  • Expression pedals
  • External hard drives
  • Flash drives
  • Foot switches
  • Handbells
  • Keyboard synthesizers
  • Laptop computers
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI sequencers
  • Personal computers
  • Pianos
  • Pipe organs
  • Portable loudspeakers
  • Sustain pedals
  • Tablet computers
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple MainStage
  • Avid Audio Pro Tools
  • MediaShout
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • MIDI Maestro
  • Music Director Pro


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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980