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Musicians, Instrumental
District Of Columbia

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Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

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Currently Employed: 110

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $24.05 - $29.77

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Perform before live audiences.
  • Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
  • Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.
  • Play from memory or by following scores.
  • Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.
  • Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.
  • Direct bands or orchestras.
  • Teach music for specific instruments.
  • Provide the musical background for live shows such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.

tools & technology

  • Accessories for stringed instruments
  • Drum stick
  • Musical instrument stand
  • Notebook computers
  • Zither

  • Accounting software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Instant messaging software
  • Music or sound editing software
  • Web page creation and editing software

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