Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, perform, record and conduct musical compositions.
Duties & Tasks
Musicians may perform the following tasks:study and rehearse musical scores prior to performances
play music in recitals as an accompanist or as a member of an orchestra, band or other musical group, from score or by memory
make recordings for sale or promotion on compact disc or online
create accompanying videos for the music
provide musical backing for television commercials, popular recordings, radio, television or film productions
improvise, transpose, compose or arrange music
play under the direction of a conductor.
Musicians must be prepared to work irregular hours and spend long periods in practice and rehearsal. Some musicians work in areas unrelated to music to support themselves. Many professional musicians with experience in all styles combine music performance and music teaching careers in Australia.
stamina to perform at peak level
self-confidence, motivation, dedication and determination
good communication skills
able to concentrate for long periods
mastery of one or more styles of music such as classical, jazz or pop
flair for entertainment.