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Career and Education Opportunities for Singers in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for singers. The national trend for singers 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 $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Jobs in this field include: musician, entertainer, and bass singer.

The Portland area is home to twenty-three schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree as a singer. Given that the most common education level for singers is a high school diploma or GED, 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 Portland 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

Bates College - Lewiston, ME

Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240. Bates College is a small college located in Lewiston, Maine. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,776 students and an admission rate of 29%. Bates College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated one student in 2008.

University of Southern Maine - Portland, ME

University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME 04103. University of Southern Maine is a large university located in Portland, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 9,930 students and an admission rate of 82%. University of Southern Maine has 3 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated twenty-one and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Bowdoin College - Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College, 5700 College Station - President's Office, Brunswick, ME 04011-8448. Bowdoin College is a small college located in Brunswick, Maine. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,723 students and an admission rate of 19%. Bowdoin College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated four students in 2008.

University of Maine at Augusta - Augusta, ME

University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-9410. University of Maine at Augusta is a small university located in Augusta, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 4,731 students. University of Maine at Augusta has an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated one and four students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

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For more information, see the American Society for the Alexander Technique website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.