Instrumental Musicians

Anvita Kandru

Basic Skills

  • Music knowledge
  • Theory knowledge
  • Ability to play and instrument


  • Performing (live or recorded)
  • Auditioning
  • Traveling
Hans Zimmer - Making Of INCEPTION Soundtrack

Working Conditions

  • Be able to perform for long periods of time
  • Be able to endure a lot of travleing
  • Performing in sound studios
  • Performing in live audiences

Hours and Travel

Depending on what type of musician:

  • Regular work hours
  • Additional performances
  • A lot of practice hours

Educational Requirement

Bachelor's degree in music study or theory

  • Master's in music/fine arts
  • Lifelong training and practice


Average hourly wage: $32.10 per hour

Average hourly wage in Texas: $24.37 per hour

Average annual wage: $64,200

Average annual wage in Texas: $48,740

Future Outlook

5% predicted growth 2012-2022

Entertainment industry is growing

Can find work in a band

Can find work in an orchestra

Can find work as a recordist for movies or TV shows

Hans Zimmer: the Conscious of Creating the Film Score
Composing Music for Film

Works Cited

Hans Zimmer Making of Inception Soundtrack. Perf. Hans Zimmer. Youtube. Google, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014.

"Composing Music for Film." YouTube. YouTube, 22 July 2010. Web. 11 May 2014.

"Hans Zimmer: The Conscious of Creating the Film Score." YouTube. YouTube, 12 Nov. 2009. Web. 11 May 2014.

"The Sound and Music of The Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer & Richard King." YouTube. YouTube, 02 Aug. 2012. Web. 11 May 2014.

"Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014.

N.d. Vintage Sheet Music. Web. 9 May 2014.

N.d. London Symphony Orchestra. Web. 9 May 2014.

N.d. Piano Features. Web. 9 May 2014.