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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers



Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 17016$32.70/hr$10.95/hr$23.74/hr$25.52/hr$31.70/hr$78.91/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
InformationN/AN/A
Education and Health Services20$30.72/hr
Leisure and Hospitality170$26.04/hr
Other Services40$24.04/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 170$25.52/hr9.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 180$25.52/hrN/A
Minnesota 230$25.47/hr9.3%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Musicians and Singers 370$53.43/hr13.2%
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 1,870$81,690.19/yr2.6%
Public Relations Specialists 5,160$31.99/hr6.3%


  • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
  • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
  • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to accommodate particular musicians.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
  • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
  • Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
  • Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
  • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.