Best Careers for Music Lovers

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  1. Film and Video Editors
  2. What they do

    They edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

    • Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
    • Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
    • Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
    • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.

    How much they make

    $86830

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  3. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
  4. What they do

    They create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

    • Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
    • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.
    • Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.
    • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.

    How much they make

    $73090

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  5. Sound Engineering Technicians
  6. What they do

    They operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

    • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
    • Prepare for recording sessions by performing such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.
    • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
    • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.

    How much they make

    $63500

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  7. Music Directors
  8. What they do

    They direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

    • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
    • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
    • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
    • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.

    How much they make

    $59790

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  9. Music Composers and Arrangers
  10. What they do

    They write and transcribe musical scores.

    • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
    • Use computers and synthesizers to compose, orchestrate, and arrange music.
    • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
    • Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.

    How much they make

    $59790

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  11. Choreographers
  12. What they do

    They create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

    • Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
    • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
    • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
    • Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.

    How much they make

    $53560

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  13. Recreational Therapists
  14. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

    • Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests.
    • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
    • Plan, organize, direct, and participate in treatment programs and activities to facilitate patients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems.
    • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.

    How much they make

    $50640

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  15. Music Therapists
  16. What they do

    They plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.

    • Design or provide music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.
    • Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
    • Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
    • Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.

    How much they make

    $50640

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