CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Musicians, Instrumental

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group. Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
 
Perform before live audiences.
 
Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments and/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.
 
Provide the musical background for live shows such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.
 
Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.
 
Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.
 
Make or participate in recordings in music studios.
 
Direct bands or orchestras.
 
Teach music for specific instruments.
 
Compose original music such as popular songs, symphonies, or sonatas.
 
Improvise music during performances.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
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).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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).
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
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Studio Musician
Symphony Orchestra Musician
Timpanist
Trombonist
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Trumpeter
Violinist
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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Musicians, Instrumental
 
 
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