Write musical compositions.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Composers do?

Writes musical compositions: Creates musical ideas, using knowledge of harmonic, rhythmic, melodic, and tonal structure and other elements of music theory, such as instrumental and vocal capabilities. Creates original musical form or writes within circumscribed musical form, such as sonata, symphony, or opera. Transcribes ideas into musical notation.

Should I be a Composer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • How to become a Composer

    We recommend at least an Associate's degree. Check out these schools offering Composer-related education!
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