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Career and Education Opportunities for Music Composers in San Antonio, Texas

Music composers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the San Antonio, Texas area. Currently, 4,430 people work as music composers in Texas. This is expected to grow 12% to about 4,970 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%. In general, music composers write and transcribe musical scores.

A person working as a music composer can expect to earn about $22 hourly or $47,110 yearly on average in Texas and about $19 per hour or $41,270 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Music composers earn more than people working in the category of Musical Entertainment generally in Texas and more than people in the Musical Entertainment category nationally. People working as music composers can fill a number of jobs, such as: music arranger, jingle writer, and composer.

The San Antonio area is home to forty schools of higher education, including eight within twenty-five miles of San Antonio where you can get a degree as a music composer. Music composers usually hold some college courses, so you can expect to spend a short time studying to be 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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Antonio include:

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Music Composer Training

The University of Texas at San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

The University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249-1644. The University of Texas at San Antonio is a large university located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 28,413 students and an admission rate of 93%. The University of Texas at San Antonio has 3 areas of study related to Music Composer. They are:

  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated nine and four students respectively in 2008.
  • Music Theory and Composition, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Music Management and Merchandising, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Texas State University-San Marcos - San Marcos, TX

Texas State University-San Marcos, 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. Texas State University-San Marcos is a large university located in San Marcos, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 29,125 students and an admission rate of 74%. Texas State University-San Marcos has a bachelor's degree program in Music Performance which graduated six students in 2008.

Northwest Vista College - San Antonio, TX

Northwest Vista College, 3535 North West Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251. Northwest Vista College is a large college located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 12,034 students. Northwest Vista College has an associate's degree program in Music Theory and Composition which graduated two students in 2008.

Trinity University - San Antonio, TX

Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200. Trinity University is a small university located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,610 students and an admission rate of 58%. Trinity University has 3 areas of study related to Music Composer. They are:

  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree.
  • Music Theory and Composition, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Voice and Opera, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

San Antonio College - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-4299. San Antonio College is a large college located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 21,713 students. San Antonio College has an associate's degree program in Music Management and Merchandising which graduated six students in 2008.

Texas Lutheran University - Seguin, TX

Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St, Seguin, TX 78155-5999. Texas Lutheran University is a small university located in Seguin, Texas. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,432 students and an admission rate of 73%. Texas Lutheran University has 2 areas of study related to Music Composer. They are:

  • Religious/Sacred Music, bachelor's degree.
  • Music Performance, bachelor's degree.

University of the Incarnate Word - San Antonio, TX

University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. University of the Incarnate Word is a medium sized university located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,361 students and an admission rate of 67%. University of the Incarnate Word has a bachelor's degree program in Music, Other Specialties which graduated five students in 2008.

St Marys University - San Antonio, TX

St Marys University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228-8572. St Marys University is a small university located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,888 students and an admission rate of 63%. St Marys University has a master's degree program in Religious/Sacred Music.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio is situated in Bexar County, Texas. It has a population of over 1,351,305, which has grown by 18.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in San Antonio, 80, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in San Antonio are valued at $174,900 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, 2,665 new homes were constructed in San Antonio, down from 4,253 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in San Antonio are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average commute to work is about 24 minutes. More than 21.6% of San Antonio residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Antonio is 6.6%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of San Antonio residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 65.1%, is more than both the national and state average. El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church, Pentecostal Holiness Church and Pentecostal Home Missionary Church are all churches located in San Antonio. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

San Antonio is home to the Monte Vista Residential Historic District and the Main and Military Plazas Historic District as well as Kennedy Park and Buckeye Park. Shopping centers in the area include Windsor Park Mall, Windsor Park Shopping Center and Wonderland Shopping Center. Visitors to San Antonio can choose from Alpha Hotel, Alamo Executive Suites Inc and Chevy Chase Apartments & Townhomes for temporary stays in the area.