The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Professional musicians not only play musical instruments, but often write musical compositions, sing, conduct or lead an orchestra or band. They may perform alone or as part of a group on stage, TV, radio or movie production.|
|Duties:||They audition for work by performing for producers, directors, and night club management. Select other musicians and direct rehearsals.
Create original music such as symphonies, operas, sonatas or popular songs. They transcribe ideas into musical notation using harmony, rhythm, melody and tonal structure.
They specialize in specific types of music such as classical or popular music. Negotiate performance contracts through agents. Create video tapes for pre-audition reviews.
Frequent rehearsals with other musicians, teamwork and coordination are needed to achieve desired music effects or a unique style and sound.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Music Production
|Job Outlook:||Employment of musicians is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Most new jobs for musicians will arise in religious organizations. Employment of musicians who generally perform entertainment venues is expected to grow slower than average. The Internet and other new forms of media may provide independent musicians and singers alternative methods for distributing music. Best opportunities are with smaller, community-based performing arts groups or as freelance artists. Instrumentalists should have better opportunities than as will those who are skilled in multiple instruments or musical styles.|
|Starting Salary:||Musicians' salaries are very irregular because much of the work is on a short term contract basis or part time.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$24,000 to $28,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Musicians need extensive and ongoing training to acquire the skill, knowledge and ability to interpret music. This training is offered by colleges, universities and music conservatories leading to a bachelor's degree. Participation in college bands, orchestras or with a "combo" is essential while studying to be a musician.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.