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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians in Hartford, Connecticut

If you want to be a musician, the Hartford, Connecticut area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 840 people work as musicians in Connecticut. This is expected to grow by 9% to about 920 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for musicians, which sees this job pool growing by about 7.6% over the next eight years. In general, musicians play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

The average wage in the general category of Musical Entertainment jobs is $18 per hour or $46,406 per year in Connecticut, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Incomes for musicians are not quite as good as in the overall category of Musical Entertainment in Connecticut, and better than the overall Musical Entertainment category nationally. Jobs in this field include: guitarist, concert pianist, and church musician.

There are sixty-two schools of higher education in the Hartford area, including nine within twenty-five miles of Hartford where you can get a degree to start your career as a musician. The most common level of education for musicians is some college courses. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a musician if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Musician

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

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

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.

It is important for musicians to furnish the musical background for live shows such as ballets and cabarets. They are often called upon to transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes. They also promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other efforts. They are sometimes expected to make or participate in recordings in music studios. Somewhat less frequently, musicians are also expected to teach music for specific instruments.

They also have to be able to direct bands or orchestras and play from memory or by following scores. And finally, they sometimes have to perform before live audiences.

Like many other jobs, musicians must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Hartford include:

  • Actor. Play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Dancer. Perform dances. May also sing or act.
  • Director. Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, or radio programs.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Music Director. Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups.
  • Photographer. Photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Singer. Sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Musician Training

Central Connecticut State University - New Britain, CT

Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT 06050. Central Connecticut State University is a large university located in New Britain, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 12,233 students and an admission rate of 60%. Central Connecticut State University has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated nine students in 2008.

Hartford School of Music - Hartford, CT

Hartford School of Music, 834 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-2891. Hartford School of Music is a small school located in Hartford, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 52 students and an admission rate of 93%. Hartford School of Music has a two to four year program in Music Performance which graduated three students in 2008.

Westfield State College - Westfield, MA

Westfield State College, 577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA 01086-1630. Westfield State College is a medium sized college located in Westfield, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 5,562 students and an admission rate of 62%. Westfield State College has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Music which graduated one and four students respectively in 2008.

Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University, 237 High St, Middletown, CT 06459. Wesleyan University is a small university located in Middletown, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,149 students and an admission rate of 27%. Wesleyan University has bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree programs in Music, Other Specialties which graduated seven, seven, and three students respectively in 2008.

Holyoke Community College - Holyoke, MA

Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040. Holyoke Community College is a medium sized college located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,592 students. Holyoke Community College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Music which graduated two and fourteen students respectively in 2008.

Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-1489. Mount Holyoke College is a small college located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,178 students and an admission rate of 53%. Mount Holyoke College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated five students in 2008.

University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT

University of Connecticut, , Storrs, CT 06269. University of Connecticut is a large university located in Storrs, Connecticut. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 24,273 students and an admission rate of 54%. University of Connecticut has 2 areas of study related to Musician. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated forty, fourteen, and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Music Performance, doctor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Trinity College - Hartford, CT

Trinity College, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106-3100. Trinity College is a small college located in Hartford, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,507 students and an admission rate of 42%. Trinity College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated two students in 2008.

University of Hartford - West Hartford, CT

University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-1599. University of Hartford is a medium sized university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 7,366 students and an admission rate of 60%. University of Hartford has 3 areas of study related to Musician. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 18 students in 2008.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Music, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated forty-three, thirty-one, and seven students respectively in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut photo by Contimm

Hartford is situated in Hartford County, Connecticut. It has a population of over 124,062, which has grown by 2.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Hartford, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Hartford cost $82,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, eight new homes were constructed in Hartford, down from twelve the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Hartford are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 24 minutes. More than 12.4% of Hartford residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 5.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Hartford is 14.4%, which is greater than Connecticut's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Hartford residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, All Saints Orthodox Church and Sacred Heart Church are all churches located in Hartford. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church.

Hartford is home to the Albany Avenue Branch Hartford Public Library and the North Meadows Industrial Park as well as Little Hollywood Historic District and West End North Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Park Plaza Shopping Center, Pavillion at State House Shopping Center and Civic Center Mall Shopping Center.