Composing & Music Communications


Composing & Music Communications

Composing

Approximate Salary Ranges:
  • School Music Composer (Commissions vary)
  • Art Music Composer (Commissions vary)
  • Commercial Jingle Composer $300-$50,000/ commercial
  • Film Score Composer $2,000-$200,000/film

  • Personal Qualifications:
  • Creativity
  • Musical talent
  • Perseverance and initiative

  • Knowledge and Skills:
  • Business savvy
  • Experience in playing an instrument and singing
  • Extensive knowledge of music history, theory, literature, and orchestration

  • Precollege Training:
  • Ability to read music
  • Experience in composing and improvising
  • Keyboard skill
  • Participation in music ensembles
  • Private instruction in piano and one other instrument or voice

  • College Education
    & Other Training:
  • College degree not always required, but equivalent training necessary; doctoral degrees commonly expected for teaching composition in higher education.

  • Music Communications:

    Approximate Salary Ranges:
  • Music Books or Periodicals $24,000-$100,000/year
  • Music Reporter $20,000-$150,000/year
  • Public Relations Specialist $21,000-$141,000/ year

  • Personal Qualifications:
  • Ability to interact positively with public
  • Desire to continually expand knowledge of music
  • Interest in music and writing

  • Knowledge and Skills:
  • Excellent grasp of grammar
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of music theory, history, and literature

  • Precollege Training:
  • Ability to read music
  • Participation in music ensembles
  • Participation in school newspaper

  • College Education
    & Other Training:
  • College degree in one or more: music, journalism, public relations, business