Instrumental Musician

Demonstrate mastery of your instrument as a Performer and Teacher.
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What do Instrumental Musicians do?

Sitting center stage with his instrument, the Instrumental Musician creates a melodic story for his waiting audience. Whether by piano, violin, or trumpet, the Instrumental Musician performs concerts that captivate his listeners, and records CDs to present his musical talents to the world.

If Instrumental Musicians needed a motto, “Practice makes perfect” would fit the bill. Your love of music and creative talent make you a perfect candidate for this role. More a lifestyle than a career, being a Musician has you spending long hours practicing alone or with a group of other Musicians.

That creative spark that drives your love of music fuels other talents as well. Instrumental Musicians often work not only as Performers, but as Teachers and Composers, too. Imagine helping others discover their inner Musician, or spending your nights writing pieces for world-renowned orchestras. You can follow in the footsteps of your favorite classical Composers and bring them into the 21st century.

You can also supplement your income by working as a Music Theory Teacher or writing articles on the subject. Music composition is an ever-evolving field, and journals and magazines are always on the lookout for great minds to weigh in on the subject.

No matter what direction your career takes, your jobs all revolve around the same love: music. It takes focus and dedication to hone your talents to professional levels, but when you’re working in a field you enjoy, practice seems more like playtime.

Should I be an Instrumental Musician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bell Ringer, Bull Fiddle Player, Calliope Player, Instrumentalist, Musician, Instrumental, Saxophone Player See More

    How to become an Instrumental Musician

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