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Music Composers and Arrangers - 27-2041.04

O*NET-SOC Description

Write and transcribe musical scores.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Composer
  • Creative Director
  • Film Composer
  • Jingle Writer
  • Music Arranger
  • Music Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Songwriter

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Accept commissions to create music for special occasions.
  • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
  • Arrange music composed by others, changing the music to achieve desired effects.
  • Collaborate with other colleagues, such as copyists, to complete final scores.
  • Confer with producers and directors to define the nature and placement of film or television music.
  • Copy parts from scores for individual performers.
  • Create original musical forms, or write within circumscribed musical forms such as sonatas, symphonies, or operas.
  • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
  • Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.
  • Explore and develop musical ideas based on sources such as imagination or sounds in the environment.
  • Fill in details of orchestral sketches, such as adding vocal parts to scores.
  • Guide musicians during rehearsals, performances, or recording sessions.
  • Rewrite original musical scores in different musical styles by changing rhythms, harmonies, or tempos.
  • Score compositions so that they are consistent with instrumental and vocal capabilities such as ranges and keys, using knowledge of music theory.
  • Study films or scripts to determine how musical scores can be used to create desired effects or moods.
  • Study original pieces of music to become familiar with them prior to making any changes.
  • Transcribe ideas for musical compositions into musical notation, using instruments, pen and paper, or computers.
  • Transpose music from one voice or instrument to another to accommodate particular musicians.
  • Use computers and synthesizers to compose, orchestrate, and arrange music.
  • Write changes directly into compositions, or use computer software to make changes.
  • Write music for commercial mediums, including advertising jingles or film soundtracks.
  • Write musical scores for orchestras, bands, choral groups, or individual instrumentalists or vocalists, using knowledge of music theory and of instrumental and vocal capabilities.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
  • Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.
  • Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Arranger (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Bandmaster (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • LDO - Bandmaster (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Musician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Musician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Premier Band Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Apprentice, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Electric Bass/string Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Craftsman, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Audio and Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Helper, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Audio And Lighting Engineer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Bagpipe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Baritone and Euphonium (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Bassoon (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Clarinet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Cornet and Trumpet (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Electric Bass/String Bass (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Flute and Piccolo (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Horn (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Instrumentalist, General (Air National Guard Bands) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Music Arranger (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Oboe (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Percussion (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Piano (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Saxophone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Steel Guitar (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Trombone (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Tuba (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Journeyman, Vocalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Regional Band Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Band Musician (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Copyist
  • Orchestrator