CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Music Directors, Singers, Composers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs. Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
 
Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances in order to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
 
Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and arrange details such as locations, accompanists, and instrumentalists.
 
Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, in order to select music to be performed.
 
Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
 
Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal sections.
 
Confer with clergy to select music for church services.
 
Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.
 
Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
 
Meet with soloists and concertmasters to discuss and prepare for performances.
 
Assign and review staff work in such areas as scoring, arranging, and copying music, and vocal coaching.
 
Perform administrative tasks such as applying for grants, developing budgets, negotiating contracts, and designing and printing programs and other promotional materials.
 
Plan and implement fund-raising and promotional activities.
 
Coordinate and organize tours, or hire touring companies to arrange concert dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation for longer tours.
 
Collaborate with music librarians to ensure availability of scores.
 
Conduct guest soloists in addition to ensemble members.
 
Meet with composers to discuss interpretations of their work.
 
Engage services of composers to write scores.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Sound Localization The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Artistic Director
Band Director
Band Leader
Band Master
Chancel Choir Director
Children's Choir Director
Choir Director
Choir Leader
Choir Teacher
Choirmaster
Choral Director
Chorister
Chorus Master
Conductor
Handbell Choir Director
Maestro
Minister of Music
Music Director
Music Instructor
Music Manager
Music Minister
Music Ministries Director
Music Pastor
Music Supervisor
Orchestra Conductor
Orchestra Director
Orchestra Leader
Worship Arts Director
Youth Choir Director
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Musicians
Benchmark Title: Music Directors, Singers, Composers
 
 
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