Careers in Music: Composer

Music composers create new instrumental and vocal music. They write music for special events, for the musical theater, for performing artists, and for television and film. Sometimes a composer will be asked to simply arrange a song that was written by someone else.

A composer should have a strong knowledge of music theory and music history.  They should also be aware of the capabilities of each instrument and voice that they write for, including ranges and transpositions.

A university education is common among composers, though not required.  Employers will be more interested in your talent as a composer than the degree you hold.  Composers play at least one musical instrument very well, and have some measure of skill on others.



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