Position Overview

Musicians are not just entertainers. While many musicians perform on stage, others work behind the scenes. A musician may be a singer, guitarist, keyboardist or drummer or may work as an audio engineer. For the most part, people who have deep knowledge of music work as audio engineers; they need to know one or more instruments to be able to work in audio engineering.

Being a musician is very hard work. Until recently, music was not considered to be a career but with the ever expanding need for music in every industry, it has now become a popular career. Music is needed for jingles, advertisements and background scores and many companies hire musicians to help them create music to endorse their products.

As far as the popular belief about musicians goes, they perform at various platforms which include weddings, concerts, bars and fairs. To understand what a musician does depending on his or her individual interest, have a look at the following list of duties:

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Sample Job Description and Duties of Musician

• Play instrument of choice such as guitar, bass, piano / keyboard, percussions, violin, saxophone, clarinet and cello
• Perform rehearsals with other musicians to sharpen skills
• Acquire gigs at various events including weddings, fairs and bars
• Perform with other musicians on stage
• Practice singing songs or back-up vocals
• Perform at television shows or charity balls
• Handle price negotiations for gigs
• Compose instrumental music or songs for individuals or bands
• Manage musical arrangements for songs and jingles
• Create background scores for documentaries and television series
• Manage improvisations during performances
• Direct and lead musical performances
• Give music lessons to students in schools and music institutes
• Provide students with vocal and instrument lessons
• Participate in recordings in studio environments
• Teach musical notations to students
• Take audition of musicians for band line-up
• Manage music transposition to alternate keys or styles
• Handle maintenance tasks of instruments
• Prepare for musical auditions
• Set up and tune instruments for performances
• Learn new music pieces in order to extend repertoire
• Handle band or music promotion and distribution of records
• Seek out new venues for performance purposes and maintain liaison with venue owners
• Design and implement musical education programs for students
• Assist students in practicing their instruments or voices
• Participate in interviews for the media such as radio and television