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MUSICIAN/COMPOSER: Don't Limit Yourself To One Musical Genre; Be Versatile

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A professional musician, composer, & sound engineer describes his journey from studying computer science & working in IT for five years, to returning to school for music & audio production. You have a greater chance of success if you don't limit yourself to one genre, for example, R&B or rap. Try to create/compose in all different styles.

School: Viriginia Tech ; Viriginia Tech - Art Institute of Washington
Degree: Computer Science - Music and Audio Production
Job Title: Musician/Composer

Job Summary: Music Directors and Composers

Job Description

Music directors (also called conductors) lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Music directors and composers typically begin their musical training as a child, learning to play an instrument or sing. Music directors and composers who are interested in classical music may seek additional training through music camps and fellowships. These programs provide participants with classes, lessons, and performance opportunities.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Travel, Office, Home, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, People skills, Artistic, Creativity, Leadership ability, Networking, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills

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<span m='15855'>science,</span> <span m='16330'>and</span> <span m='17755'>I</span> <span m='18230'>worked</span> <span m='18705'>in</span> <span m='19180'>IT</span> <span m='19655'>for about</span> <span m='20130'>five</span> <span m='20605'>years,</span> <span m='21080'>and</span> <span m='22030'>I</span> <span m='22150'>realized</span> <span m='22730'>it</span> <span m='22810'>wasn't</span> <span m='23080'>for</span> <span m='23350'>me.</span> <span m='24346'>Being</span> <span m='24844'>from my</span> <span m='25342'>musical</span> <span m='25840'>background,</span> <span m='26338'>I</span> <span m='26836'>kind of</span> <span m='27334'>wanted to</span> <span m='27832'>go into</span> <span m='28330'>a</span> <span m='28828'>musical</span> <span m='29326'>background.</span> </p><p><span m='29824'>So I</span> <span m='30322'>came</span> <span m='30820'>to the</span> <span m='31318'>Art Institute</span> <span m='31816'>to</span> <span m='32812'>get</span> <span m='33310'>my</span> <span m='33808'>degree</span> <span m='34306'>in</span> <span m='34804'>music,</span> <span m='35302'>audio</span> <span m='35800'>production.</span> <span m='36298'>Well,</span> <span m='36820'>for</span> <span m='36930'>one</span> <span m='37190'>I</span> <span m='37240'>wish</span> <span m='37530'>I</span> <span m='37580'>could play</span> <span m='37990'>guitar</span> <span m='38460'>and</span> <span m='38850'>stuff</span> <span m='39170'>like</span> <span m='39350'>that,</span> <span m='39720'>just straight</span> <span m='40060'>up</span> <span m='40300'>like</span> <span m='40590'>Jimi Hendrix,</span> <span m='41171'>but</span> <span m='41662'>no, it</span> <span m='42153'>doesn't</span> <span m='42644'>work that</span> <span m='43135'>way.</span> <span m='43626'>I had to</span> <span m='44117'>work a</span> <span m='44608'>good</span> <span m='45099'>10,</span> <span m='45590'>15</span> <span m='46081'>years to</span> <span m='46572'>get</span> <span m='47063'>where I</span> <span m='47554'>was,</span> <span m='48045'>and then</span> <span m='48536'>another</span> <span m='49027'>five</span> <span m='49518'>years to</span> <span m='50009'>perfect</span> <span m='50991'>the</span> <span m='51973'>techniques</span> <span m='52464'>that I've</span> <span m='52955'>picked up</span> <span m='53446'>over time.</span> </p><p><span m='53937'>So</span> <span m='55430'>literally,</span> <span m='55780'>when</span> <span m='55950'>it</span> <span m='56070'>comes</span> <span m='56310'>to</span> <span m='56480'>like,</span> <span m='57160'>especially</span> <span m='58150'>recording,</span> <span m='58580'>sound</span> <span m='59028'>engineering,</span> <span m='61720'>you</span> <span m='61840'>have</span> <span m='61970'>to</span> <span m='62080'>have</span> <span m='62310'>a</span> <span m='62630'>very</span> <span m='63880'>diverse,</span> <span m='66530'>I</span> <span m='66630'>guess</span> <span m='66880'>you could</span> <span m='67090'>say</span> <span m='67530'>taste</span> <span m='67860'>in</span> <span m='68190'>things.</span> <span m='68660'>You</span> <span m='69155'>can't really</span> <span m='69650'>judge or</span> <span m='70145'>stick to</span> <span m='70640'>one</span> <span m='71135'>style of</span> <span m='71630'>music.</span> <span m='72125'>If you</span> <span m='72620'>want to be</span> <span m='73115'>successful,</span> <span m='73610'>you kind</span> <span m='74105'>of like,</span> <span m='74600'>have to</span> <span m='75095'>take on</span> <span m='75590'>everything</span> <span m='76085'>as a</span> <span m='76580'>whole.</span> </p><p><span m='78560'>A</span> <span m='78610'>lot</span> <span m='79005'>of</span> <span m='80610'>producers</span> <span m='81260'>and</span> <span m='81370'>artists</span> <span m='81650'>that I've met,</span> <span m='82121'>they</span> <span m='82592'>got</span> <span m='83063'>in their</span> <span m='83534'>comfort</span> <span m='84005'>zone</span> <span m='84476'>with</span> <span m='84947'>dealing</span> <span m='85418'>with,</span> <span m='86831'>whether it</span> <span m='87302'>be just</span> <span m='87773'>R&amp;B,</span> <span m='88244'>whether it</span> <span m='88715'>be</span> <span m='89660'>rap,</span> <span m='90100'>what have</span> <span m='90586'>you,</span> <span m='91072'>but then</span> <span m='91558'>when you</span> <span m='92044'>look at</span> <span m='92530'>professional</span> <span m='93016'>composers</span> <span m='93502'>and</span> <span m='93988'>sound engineers</span> <span m='94480'>like</span> <span m='94920'>Hans Zimmer,</span> <span m='96120'>they</span> <span m='96350'>never</span> <span m='96870'>really</span> <span m='97220'>focused</span> <span m='97696'>on one</span> <span m='98172'>style.</span> <span m='98648'>He kind</span> <span m='99124'>of like,</span> <span m='99600'>pretty</span> <span m='99800'>much</span> <span m='100080'>broadened</span> <span m='100750'>his</span> <span m='100920'>horizons</span> <span 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