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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians

In general, musicians play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Musician career.

STATES WITH Musician OPPORTUNITIES

Highlighted states contain educational opportunities in Musical Entertainment

JOB DESCRIPTION: Musician

Musician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Musicians practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills. They also perform before live audiences. Equally important, musicians have to play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras or bands. They are often called upon to sight-read musical parts during rehearsals. They are expected to specialize in playing a specific family of instruments and/or a particular type of music. Finally, musicians play from memory or by following scores.

Every day, musicians are expected to be able to note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.