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Music

Definition

Music involves the study and training for many diverse areas, such as musical performance, composing, and education.

Job Titles to Consider

 

Accompanist
Composer-Arranger
Conductor
Commercial Vocalist
Director
Film Composer
Instrumental Musician
Music Promoter
Music Editor
Music Therapist
Music Librarian
Music Software Programmer
Music Copyist
Music Critic
Musical Booking Agent
Musician
Music Store Manager
Music Publisher
Recording Technician
Singer
Synthesizer Specialist
Symphony Manager
Teacher / Professor
Voice Coach

 
Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?
 

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.
 

Professional Organizations

American College of Musicians
www.pianoguild.com

American Choral Directors Association
www.acdaonline.org

Chorus America
Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles

www.chorusamerica.org

Acoustical Society of America
http://asa.aip.org

American Music Therapy Association
www.musictherapy.org

Music Library Association
www.musiclibraryassoc.org

Additional Sources of Information

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
www.menc.org

Music Industry Career Center
www.music-careers.com

Musicians
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos095.htm

Society of Composers
www.societyofcomposers.org

The American Music Center
www.amc.net

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