Music Composer/Sound Engineering

Christopher Callejas Period 1

Career Details

A music Composer creates, orchestrate, and arranges music

Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances that are needed to make the effects wanted in a musical composition.

Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.

Write changes directly into compositions, or use computer software to make changes

Transcribe ideas for musical compositions into musical notation, using instruments, pen and paper, or computers

Guide musicians during rehearsals, performances, or recording sessions

Write musical scores for orchestras, bands, choral groups, or individual instrumentalists or vocalists, using knowledge of music theory and of instrumental and vocal

Skills And Abilities

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Listening
— Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking
— Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

— Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making
— Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

— The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

The profession of a sound engineer 2013

Producer and a Sound Engineer

The producer in the video is the guy standing which decides the type of sound and music fits with the artist. The Sound Engineer was the guy working with the mixing console and changing the voice of the artist and editing it and Making it sound better.


For a sound engineering and Composer you must have a Bachelors or Masters Degree which would be up to 4 or 2 years of college.

Job Growth

Median wages (2011)$22.80 hourly, $47,410 annual

Employment (2010)93,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020) Average (10% to 19%)

Projected job openings (2010-2020)32,200

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The Pay

In Illinois a Producer or Engineer gets payed $16.45 Hourly in minimum wedge. The highest payed in Illinois is $29.23 Hourly.