Musicians

£42,120

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

35

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.37%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements although many possess a degree and/or diploma. Entry to a degree or graduate diploma course requires A levels/H grades. Entrants to the performers’ diploma course generally possess GCSEs/S grades and Associated Board Graded Examination passes in their chosen instrument(s) and will be required to audition. Apprenticeships at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • conceives and writes original music;
  • tunes instrument and studies and rehearses score;
  • plays instrument as a soloist or as a member of a group or orchestra;
  • scores music for different combinations of voices and instruments to produce desired effect;
  • auditions and selects performers and rehearses and conducts them in the performance of the composition.

Common job titles

Copyist, music
Tympanist
Musician
Organist
Trombonist
Guitarist
Bandsman
Accompanist
Director, musical
Conductor
Orchestrator
Cellist
Drummer
Violinist
Violoncellist
Clarinettist
Bandmaster
Master, band
Bassoonist
Cornetist
Conductor, musical
Harpist
Pianist
Ringer, bell
Performer
Leader, band
Oboist
Arranger, music
Player
Writer, music
Writer, song
Flautist
Transcriber, music
Instrumentalist
Leader, orchestra
Organiser, music
Major, pipe
Director of music
Campanologist
Conductor, music
Composer

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.