Music Directors Job Description video

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Making an assortment of sounds into beautiful music takes the special skills of Music Directors. The audience most often sees these directors in the role of conductor during an instrumental…or vocal performance. However, the work starts long before opening night. Conductors run auditions to choose the best musicians for a symphony orchestra or band. And they decide what music will be performed. Choral directors work with singers. They help them blend harmony, rhythm and tempo. Conductors and choral directors spend a lot of time rehearsing their performers. In addition to having a talent for music, you need to be able to express yourself clearly so others understand what you expect of them. Performers can be temperamental. Being able to resolve problems and get a group of individuals to work together as a seamless unit takes patience and leadership. Music directors may hire composers to write original music…or they might compose the music themselves. Extensive knowledge of music comes from formal training available at colleges, universities and music conservatories. Music Directors usually have employment contracts. These can be with symphonies, schools or even TV and film production companies. And since performances are typically during nights and weekends…this is rarely a 9 to 5 job. If you have a passion for the many sounds of music consider a career as a Music Director.

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