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One who leads orchestras or other musical groups in recording sessions or live performances, is called a music director, (or otherwise known as a conductor). A composer selects and writes his or her own original music arrangements and compositions in several musical styles that would be played for recordings or audiences.
How to become a Music Director and Composer
A music director usually requires a bachelor's degree. A conductor normally needs a master's degree. These degree's would be in music theory and conducting and music composition. To gain entrance to these programs they are usually required to submit auditions in person or submit recordings or both. There are no specific formal education requirements for one that wishes to write popular music.
Job Description of a Music Director and Composer
A music director would typically lead orchestras or other musical groups that play for audiences or recordings and would be the one to arrange the music and composition that would be perfomed. They make sure that the musicians would perform harmonically, meaning, the balancing, timing, rhythm, melody and volume is one coherent sound.
They critique the musicians and offer advise to them for any correction needed, so that, the desired style and sound needed for the piece being performed or played is correct. They would also select soloists or guest performers, as well as, audition any new performer needed.
A music director would promote a performance by meeting with potential donors and they would also attend fundraisers for further exposer. He or she can be found working in several places that have musical groups or orchestras, such as, high school or college bands, youth orchestras and church choirs. They can also be found working with orchestras for opera and dance companies.
A composer's job is to write the musical scores for orchestras, bands or other musical groups, so that, the music would be an original piece. They would arrange the current music into a new composition and write or work with a lyricist. They arrange with musicians to record their music and study the many styles of music to get new ideas and listen constantly to music in hopes of gaining inspiration needed for composing new pieces of music.
A composer may write the music for television, musicals, commercials, operas or other theatrical productions. Composers also use the tools of software to listen to a piece of music without the use of a musician or they might use various instruments to help them write their music. He or she may prefer to write in a special style, such as, jazz or classical music.
A music director and composer usually have in common a training in music at a young age. In their adolescence they have learned to sing or play one or more musical instruments.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 3 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field. The number of people attending musical performances, such as, symphonies and concerts and theatrical performances, such as, ballet and musical theater, is expected to increase moderately.