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Career and Education Opportunities for Singers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Singer career and educational opportunities abound in Grand Rapids, Michigan. About 6,670 people are currently employed as singers in Michigan. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 12% to about 7,470 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for singers are expected to grow by about 7.6%. In general, singers sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.

The average wage in the general category of Musical Entertainment jobs is $16 per hour or $40,486 per year in Michigan, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Incomes for singers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Musical Entertainment in Michigan, and better than the overall Musical Entertainment category nationally. Singers work in a variety of jobs, including: bass singer, baritone, and alto singer.

There are nineteen schools of higher education in the Grand Rapids area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Grand Rapids where you can get a degree to start your career as a singer. The most common level of education for singers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become 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 Grand Rapids 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.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Dancer. Perform dances. May also sing or act.
  • 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

Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401-9403. Grand Valley State University is a large university located in Allendale, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 23,932 students and an admission rate of 78%. Grand Valley State University has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Grand Rapids Community College - Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295. Grand Rapids Community College is a large college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,403 students. Grand Rapids Community College has 2 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music Performance, associate's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Music, Other Specialties, associate's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Grace Bible College - Wyoming, MI

Grace Bible College, 1011 Aldon SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. Grace Bible College is a small college located in Wyoming, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 177 students and an admission rate of 65%. Grace Bible College has 2 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

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

Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, MI

Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799. Aquinas College is a small college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,159 students and an admission rate of 82%. Aquinas College has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance.

Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, MI

Cornerstone University, 1001 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897. Cornerstone University is a small university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,759 students and an admission rate of 75%. Cornerstone University has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance which graduated eight students in 2008.

Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Calvin College is a small college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,171 students and an admission rate of 94%. Calvin College has 2 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Hope College - Holland, MI

Hope College, 141 E 12th St, Holland, MI 49423. Hope College is a small college located in Holland, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,238 students and an admission rate of 82%. Hope College has 4 areas of study related to Singer. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree.
  • Voice and Opera, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies, bachelor's degree.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan photo by Grguy2011

Grand Rapids is located in Kent County, Michigan. It has a population of over 193,396, which has shrunk by 2.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Rapids, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Rapids cost $98,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were built in Grand Rapids, down from ninety-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Grand Rapids are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.8% of Grand Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 15.4%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Grand Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Church and Trinity Church are among the churches located in Grand Rapids. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Grand Rapids is home to the Kent Country Club and the Walker Juvenile Court as well as Comstock Riverside Park and Richmond Park. Visitors to Grand Rapids can choose from Hampton Inn Grand Rapids, Hampton Inn Grand Rapids/North- Mi and Hampton Inn Fax for temporary stays in the area.