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Career and Education Opportunities for Music Composers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

For those living in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area, there are many career and education opportunities for music composers. Currently, 530 people work as music composers in North Carolina. This is expected to grow by 13% to 600 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for music composers are expected to grow by about 10.0%. Music composers generally write and transcribe musical scores.

The income of a music composer is about $16 hourly or $33,950 yearly on average in North Carolina. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $19 hourly or $41,270 yearly on average. Music composers earn the same as people working in the category of Musical Entertainment generally in North Carolina and more than people in the Musical Entertainment category nationally. Jobs in this field include: jingle writer, music arranger, and songwriter.

The Winston-Salem area is home to eighteen schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Winston-Salem where you can get a degree as a music composer. The most common level of education for music composers is some college courses. You can expect to spend a short time training to become a music composer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Music Composer

In general, music composers write and transcribe musical scores.

Music composers apply elements of music theory to generate musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies. They also decide on voices and tone balances required to produce the effects desired in a musical composition. Equally important, music composers have to experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as needed to test and evaluate concepts. They are often called upon to write changes directly into compositions, or use computer software to make changes. They are expected to score compositions so that they are consistent with instrumental and vocal capabilities such as ranges and keys, using knowledge of music theory. Finally, music composers develop original musical forms, or write within circumscribed musical forms such as sonatas or operas.

Every day, music composers are expected to be able to note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for music composers to talk with producers and directors to define the nature and placement of film or television music. They are often called upon to study films or scripts to establish how musical scores can be used to generate desired effects or moods. Somewhat less frequently, music composers are also expected to write music for commercial mediums, including advertising jingles or film soundtracks.

Music composers sometimes are asked to copy parts from scores for individual performers. They also have to be able to accept commissions to generate music for special occasions and transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to deal with particular musicians. And finally, they sometimes have to transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to deal with particular musicians.

Like many other jobs, music composers must be reliable and believe in innovation and creative thought.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Music Composer Training

University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Winston-Salem, NC

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27117-2189. University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a small university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 881 students and an admission rate of 44%. University of North Carolina School of the Arts has bachelor's degree, master's degree, and post-master's certificate programs in Music Performance which graduated twenty-two, thirteen, and three students respectively in 2008.

Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem State University, 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27110-0001. Winston-Salem State University is a medium sized university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,444 students and an admission rate of 68%. Winston-Salem State University has a bachelor's degree program in Music Management and Merchandising which graduated four students in 2008.

Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School - Winston Salem, NC

Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School, 420 S. Broad St., Winston Salem, NC 27101. Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School is a small college located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 368 students. Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School has a bachelor's degree program in Religious/Sacred Music which graduated three students in 2008.

Wake Forest University - Winston Salem, NC

Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106. Wake Forest University is a medium sized university located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,862 students and an admission rate of 38%. Wake Forest University has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance which graduated one student in 2008.

Salem College - Winston Salem, NC

Salem College, 601 S Church St, Winston Salem, NC 27101. Salem College is a small college located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 960 students and an admission rate of 59%. Salem College has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance which graduated one student in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Winston-Salem is situated in Forsyth County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 217,600, which has grown by 17.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Winston-Salem, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Winston-Salem cost $76,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 1,032 new homes were built in Winston-Salem, down from 1,706 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Winston-Salem are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, health care, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 30.3% of Winston-Salem residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Winston-Salem is 9.0%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Winston-Salem residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Wachovia Arbor Church, Mount Zion Church and Hope Church are all churches located in Winston-Salem. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Moravian Church in America.

Winston-Salem is home to the Stafford Center and the Dixie Classics Fairgrounds as well as Forest Park and Mineral Springs Park. Shopping centers in the area include College Plaza Shopping Center, College Village Shopping Center and Club Haven Shopping Center.