Musician

By: Dania Gonzalez

Introduction

Every since I was a little girl iv'e always liked singing and I really enjoyed it. I've always dream of inspiring people and little girls. I am the type of girl that loves success in life and wanting to accomplish something in life or be someone in life. The career that I want to be is a musician. Music for me calms me down when i'm stress or when also it pumps me up in the mornings or at night when i go out.

Career Research

Daily Task and Responsibilities:
    • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.

    • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.

    • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.

    • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.

    • Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches, in order to develop their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.

    • Sing a Capella or with musical accompaniment.

    • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.

    • Make or participate in recordings.


Work Environment:

Musicians and singers held about 167,400 jobs in 2012. They perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs. They often work for religious organizations and performing arts companies. In 2012, 36 percent of musicians and singers were self-employed.


Musicians and singers may spend a lot of time traveling between performances. Some spend time in recording studios. There are many jobs in cities that have a high concentration of entertainment activities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nashville.


Musicians and singers who give recitals or perform in nightclubs travel frequently and may tour nationally or internationally.


Education and Training:

There are no post secondary education requirements for those interested in performing popular music. Many musicians and singers of classical music and opera have a bachelor’s degree in music theory or performance. To be accepted into one of these programs, applicants are typically required to submit recordings or audition in person, and sometimes must do both. Undergraduate music programs teach students about music history and styles and teach methods for improving their instrumental and vocal technique and musical expression.


TRAINING:Musicians and singers need extensive and prolonged learning and practice to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret music at a professional level. They typically begin singing or learning to play an instrument by taking lessons and classes when they are children. In addition, they must practice often to develop their talent and technique.


Preferred Job Skills:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • 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.

  • Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Job Outlook:

  • Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to increases in demand for musical performances.


Salary:

  • $23.5 per hour

High school Preperations

Courses:

In many school they have choir or some sort of music program in their school.


  • Choir
  • A Capella


According to an article by Sonicbids Blog, they're six qualities that successful musicians possess. A lot of these qualities can be focused on in high school.

  1. They have no other choice
  2. They're willing to work hard and educate themselves
  3. They don't mind living modestly
  4. They have a patient, persistent attitude
  5. They're are willing to (and enjoy) working on their craft everyday
  6. They're creative at generating income


Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Song writing club


Work/Volunteer Experience:


References:

  • Mr.Baker
  • Ms.Cunningham



My Post Secondary Plan

Most musicians when starting their career attend to a school that is related to what they want.At school they gain experience at what they want and find out what areas they like.Take a year go to work and then go to college for music.There are no postsecondary education requirements for those interested in performing popular music. Many musicians and singers of classical music and opera have a bachelor’s degree in music theory or performance.

Conclusion

Throughout the entire career research project i learned that there are certain areas that i can major in that would make me an exploration into this career. I found plenty of valuable information in Naviance and bls.gov and got the opportunity to interview Mr. Luke. Now i know for sure i want to pursue a career as a musician.