Military Music Composers and Arrangers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Music composers and arrangers write and transcribe musical scores. They adapt music into customized musical arrangements and create original music for various musical ensembles. Knowledge of music theory, transpositions, capabilities of instruments, and the ability to arrange and compose music using industry standard software are mandatory.

Work Environment

Music composers and arrangers work indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts.  They also travel regularly.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Music Composers and Arrangers in the Military

27

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Salary

Average Salary

$126,026

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Education

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training.  Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service, music training is given to new band members. Music composers and arrangers in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals, individual practice, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Music theoryGroup instrumental techniquesIndividual instrumental fundamentalsSight-reading musical scoresDance band techniquesPercussion techniques

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Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Communications and Media
  • Education and Training
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