Musicians and Singers


Hourly Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.2% (slower than the average)


What Musicians and Singers Do

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Other Job Titles Musicians and Singers May Have

Choir Member, Musician, Singer, Violinist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

I wake up at 5 a.m. every morning because I like the feeling of quiet, peace, and independence that the early morning gives me. When I get up, I'll typically have some sort of devotional time. Then, I'll write. Writing is difficult for me—for every one great song that spills out of me, there are 200 that I'm unhappy with—but I make time every day to do it because using the gift that I've been given gives me a sense of purpose.

There isn't really a typical day. If I'm in the process of writing, I spend a lot of time in my home studio putting together beats and melodies. If I'm recording an album, I'm in a professional studio for 10-12 hours straight with the producer and my band getting all the parts just right. When I'm on the road, we often have to drive to the next town during the day, load in, sound check, chill for a bit, then get on stage and perform. It can get hectic but I can't see myself doing anything else!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.

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