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Military Music Directors

Military Career

General Information

Description

Military music directors direct and conduct instrumental and vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, or choirs. They ensure that musicians play with one coherent sound, balancing the melody, timing, rhythm, and volume. They usually work in offices and band halls but may work outdoors when conducting or practicing for parades.

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Work Environment

Music directors usually work in offices and band halls. They may work outdoors when conducting or practicing for parades.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Music Directors in the Military

135

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Salary

Average Salary

$109,740

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 28%
  • Bachelor's degree 24%
  • Doctoral degree 20%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Some college 6%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • High school 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • Post-master's certificate 1%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Military music directors come to the job with knowledge of organization, mission, and capabilities of military bands, as well as a mastery of music theory. Job training for music directors primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Band arranging and conductingConcert and marching band styles and techniquesBand administration and management

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Administrative

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