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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.

Education

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.

Training

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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18 Accompanist jobs

California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
ACCOMPANIST

$185,410 Estimated

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Accompanist II (hourly-intermittent, on-call) (2 positions) - Sacramento

$185,440 Estimated

Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY
Staff Accompanist (Part-time)

$34,667 Estimated

Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
Accompanist (1424-215)

$34,667 Estimated

University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA
Part-time Accompanist - Music (Fall 2018)

$165,910 Estimated

First United Methodist Church
Fairfield, TX
Worship Accompanist

$172,970 Estimated

Lone Star College
Houston, TX
Part-Time Accompanist - Houston

$172,970 Estimated

St. Charles Community College
Saint Charles, MO
Accompanist #17-093

$34,667 Estimated

Rowland Unified School District
Rowland Heights, CA
Accompanist (Piano)

$185,410 Estimated

Needham Public Schools
Needham, MA
Music Accompanist

$34,667 Estimated

Falcon School District 49
Peyton, CO
Choir Piano Accompanist

$34,667 Estimated

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Accompanist (Part Time / Temporary)

$144,350 Estimated

Bellwood Antis School District
Bellwood, PA
Accompanist (Middle And High School) Choirs

$34,667 Estimated

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Collaborative Pianist / Piano Accompanist (50% part-time)

$170,300 Estimated

Bonsack United Methodist Church
Roanoke, VA
Worship Musician / Accompanist

$54,280 Estimated

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Collaborative Pianist / Piano Accompanist (50% part-time)

$170,300 Estimated

The Salvation Army
Boyertown, PA
Gospel Choir Director and Piano Accompanist

$115,800 Estimated

Leander ISD
Leander, TX
Fine Arts Program Support (Clinician / Choreographer / Accompanist / Masterclass Teacher)

$54,890 Estimated

California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
ACCOMPANIST

$185,410 Estimated

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Accompanist II (hourly-intermittent, on-call) (2 positions) - Sacramento

$185,440 Estimated

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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
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Top Skills for An Accompanist

SpecialPerformancesStudentRecitalsChoirRehearsalsPianoAccompanimentSingersKeyboardInstrumentalLessonsFuneralsMusicDirectorChurchServicesChurchChoirWeeklyRehearsalsPrivateVoiceSpecialEventsGospelMusicDepartmentVoiceLessonsFestivalsChoirConcertsAccompanimentMusic

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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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