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Career and Education Opportunities for Singers in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for singers. There are currently 830 working singers in Iowa; this should grow by 5% to about 880 working singers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for singers, which sees this job pool growing by about 7.6% over the next eight years. In general, singers sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.

The average wage in the general category of Musical Entertainment jobs is $14 per hour or $31,570 per year in Iowa, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Jobs in this field include: singer songwriter, concert singer, and jazz musician.

The Des Moines area is home to fifteen schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Des Moines where you can get a degree as a singer. Singers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a singer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Singer

In general, singers sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.

Singers memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text or customer instructions. They also sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment. Equally important, singers have to interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest. They are often called upon to perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions. They are expected to seek out and learn new music that is suitable for live performance and/or recording. Finally, singers make or participate in recordings.

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

It is important for singers to practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches, in order to optimize their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles. They are often called upon to compose songs and/or develop vocal arrangements. They also observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation. They are sometimes expected to research particular roles to discover out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set. Somewhat less frequently, singers are also expected to learn acting and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.

Singers sometimes are asked to make or participate in recordings. And finally, they sometimes have to learn acting and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.

Like many other jobs, singers must be reliable and have a strong social orientation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Des Moines 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.
  • Artistic Director. Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Music Director. Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups.
  • Musician. Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
  • Writer. Create original written works.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Singer Training

Central College - Pella, IA

Central College, 812 University, Pella, IA 50219. Central College is a small college located in Pella, Iowa. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,558 students and an admission rate of 77%. Central College has a bachelor's degree program in Music.

Drake University - Des Moines, IA

Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505. Drake University is a medium sized university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,753 students and an admission rate of 69%. Drake University has 4 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Voice and Opera, bachelor's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Music, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Simpson College - Indianola, IA

Simpson College, 701 North C St, Indianola, IA 50125. Simpson College is a small college located in Indianola, Iowa. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,052 students and an admission rate of 88%. Simpson College has 2 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa photo by BinaryBoyXP

Des Moines is located in Polk County, Iowa. It has a population of over 197,052, which has shrunk by 0.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Des Moines, 79, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Des Moines cost $175,000 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, one hundred sixty-five new homes were built in Des Moines, down from three hundred nine the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Des Moines are finance and insurance, health care, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 18 minutes. More than 21.8% of Des Moines residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.5%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 7.1%, which is greater than Iowa's average of 6.1%.

The percentage of Des Moines residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 48.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Epworth United Methodist Church, Union Park Baptist Church and Seventh Day Adventist Church are all churches located in Des Moines. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Des Moines is home to the Activities Center and the Blank Park Zoo as well as M L King Park and Des Moines Botanical Garden. Shopping centers in the area include Merle Hay Mall, Des Moines Park Fair Mall and Southridge Mall. Visitors to Des Moines can choose from Palace Inn, Holiday Inn Express Des Moines and Casa Bella Motel for temporary stays in the area.