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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians in Jackson, Mississippi

Musicians can find many career and educational opportunities in the Jackson, Mississippi area. There are currently 2,750 working musicians in Mississippi; this should grow by 18% to about 3,250 working musicians in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for musicians are expected to grow by about 7.6%. 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 $15 per hour or $24,780 per year in Mississippi, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Earnings for musicians are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Musical Entertainment in Mississippi and better than general Musical Entertainment category earnings nationally. People working as musicians can fill a number of jobs, such as: clarinetist, drummer, and trumpet player.

The Jackson area is home to seventeen schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Jackson where you can get a degree 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 Jackson 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

Jackson State University - Jackson, MS

Jackson State University, 1440 J R Lynch St, Jackson, MS 39217. Jackson State University is a medium sized university located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 8,530 students and an admission rate of 36%. Jackson State University has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance which graduated four students in 2008.

Hinds Community College - Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College, 501 East Main Street, Raymond, MS 39154. Hinds Community College is a large college located in Raymond, Mississippi. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,398 students. Hinds Community College has an associate's degree program in Music which graduated one student in 2008.

Millsaps College - Jackson, MS

Millsaps College, 1701 N State St, Jackson, MS 39210-0001. Millsaps College is a small college located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,118 students and an admission rate of 77%. Millsaps College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated five students in 2008.

Belhaven College - Jackson, MS

Belhaven College, 1500 Peachtree St, Jackson, MS 39202. Belhaven College is a small college located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,583 students and an admission rate of 61%. Belhaven College has a bachelor's degree program in Music which graduated three students in 2008.

Mississippi College - Clinton, MS

Mississippi College, 200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39058. Mississippi College is a small college located in Clinton, Mississippi. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,788 students and an admission rate of 62%. Mississippi College has 4 areas of study related to Musician. They are:

  • Music, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Piano and Organ, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated zero and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Music Pedagogy, master's degree.
  • Music, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi photo by Yassie

Jackson is situated in Hinds County, Mississippi. It has a population of over 173,861, which has shrunk by 5.6% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Jackson, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Jackson cost $101,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, four hundred fifty-six new homes were built in Jackson, up from two hundred twenty-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Jackson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 27.1% of Jackson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Jackson is 9.2%, which is less than Mississippi's average of 9.5%.

The percentage of Jackson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Bibleway Baptist Church, Saint Johns Missionary Baptist Church and Saint John Deliverance Temple Number 2 are some of the churches located in Jackson. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Jackson is home to the Riverhills Country Club and the Colonial Country Club as well as Smith-Wills Stadium and Lefleurs Bluff State Park. Shopping malls in the area include North Terry Road Shopping Center, Northside Shopping Center and Northtown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Jackson can choose from Days Inn-Coliseum, Econo Lodge and Regal Sales Office for temporary stays in the area.