Director of Music

Manage personnel in studio music department and conduct studio orchestra.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Director of Musics do?

Plans and directs activities of personnel in studio music department and conducts studio orchestra: Selects vocal, instrumental, and recorded music suitable to type of program or motion picture and to entertainers who are to render selections. Engages services of COMPOSER 152.067-014, as required, to write score for motion picture or television program. Issues assignments and reviews work of staff in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, lyric writing, and vocal coaching. Auditions and selects vocal and instrumental talent for musical shows. Auditions and hires studio orchestra personnel. Conducts orchestra in recording or broadcast of music [CONDUCTOR, ORCHESTRA 152.047-014].

Should I be a Director of Music?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Musical Director, Music Department Head, Music Pastor

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