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Working As An Accompanist

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $34,667

    Average Salary

What Does An Accompanist Do

An Accompanist is a person who provides musical accompaniment to another musician or to a singer. They generally play keyboard instruments, such as piano, pipe organ, or synthesizer.

How To Become An Accompanist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Real Accompanist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accompanist The Colburn School Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $93,915
Accompanist Hoff-Barthelson Scarsdale, NY Dec 01, 2011 $68,871
Accompanist Hoff-Barthelson Music School Scarsdale, NY Dec 01, 2011 $68,871
Accompanist Hoff-Barthelson Music School Scarsdale, NY Nov 30, 2010 $66,784
Piano Accompanist Cornell College Mount Vernon, IA Sep 01, 2010 $57,017
Accompanist II California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA Dec 22, 2015 $55,164
Accompanist II California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA Dec 01, 2015 $54,262
Staff Accompanist Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX Jan 03, 2016 $54,129
Accompanist II California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA Jan 08, 2016 $49,200
Staff Accompanist Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX Mar 01, 2013 $48,067
Ballet Accompanist Loyola University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA Sep 02, 2010 $46,958
Staff Accompanist Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX Mar 01, 2010 $46,667
Lecturer In Piano/Accompanist Wake Forest University (Reynolda Campus) Winston-Salem, NC Apr 10, 2009 $42,654
Vocal and Instrumental Accompanist Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY Nov 14, 2010 $41,740
Accompanist II California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA Jan 01, 2014 $40,200
Accompanist II (Piano) California State University, Long Beach Long Beach, CA Apr 01, 2015 $40,008
Staff Accompanist The Administrators of The Tulane Endowment Fund New Orleans, LA Nov 01, 2012 $37,846
Staff (Piano) Accompanist Georgia College and State University Milledgeville, GA Nov 01, 2011 $36,171
Staff (Piano) Accompanist Georgia College and State University Milledgeville, GA Oct 01, 2011 $36,171
Staff Accompanist The Administrators of The Tulane Endowment Fund New Orleans, LA Jul 01, 2011 $35,970
Staff Piano Accompanist Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ Aug 15, 2010 $34,667
Staff Accompanist Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA Dec 15, 2012 $34,667
Music Accompanist Texas A&M University College Station, TX Jan 08, 2016 $33,162
Piano Accompanist Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX Jul 20, 2009 $33,000
Piano Accompanist Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX Sep 01, 2013 $30,906
Staff Accompanist University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS May 18, 2016 $30,000

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Top Skills for An Accompanist


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Top Accompanist Skills

  1. Special Performances
  2. Student Recitals
  3. Choir Rehearsals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared various piano solos for special performances such as weddings, funerals, and holiday events.
  • Accompanied faculty and student recitals, performances.
  • Accompanied and coached middle school choir rehearsals and concerts
  • Provide piano accompaniment at examinations, recitals and auditions.
  • Accompanied solo singers during rehearsals and competitions.

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