Careers in Music: Composer

October 6, 2008

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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