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Become A Band Director

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Working As A Band Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $175,110

    Average Salary

What Does A Band Director Do

Band Directors help their musicians prepare for their showcase events. They lead orchestras or other musical groups during musical performances or recording sessions.

How To Become A Band Director

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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9,684 Band Director jobs

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Assistant Band Director

$175,110 Estimated

Brownsville Area School Dist
Brownsville, PA
Band Director

$175,110 Estimated

The Real Church
Fleetwood, PA
Worship-Band Director

$175,110 Estimated

Brownsville Area School Dist
Brownsville, PA
Band Director

$175,110 Estimated

Leander ISD
Leander, TX
2018-19 Middle School Asst. Band Director

$203,200 Estimated

Leander ISD
Leander, TX
2018-19 High School Assistant Band Director

$203,200 Estimated

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Associate Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands

$175,110 Estimated

Quitman County Board of Education
Georgetown, GA
Band Teacher

$54,890 Estimated

Area Temps Staffing
Cleveland, OH
CNC Band Saw Operators

$36,460 Estimated

The Salvation Army
Boston, MA
Band Teacher (Part-time)

$54,890 Estimated

The Salvation Army
York, PA
Band Teacher (Part-time)

$54,890 Estimated

Clark County Unified School District
Las Vegas, NV
2018-2019 Band Teacher, 9-12

$54,890 Estimated

Area Temps
Medina, OH
Band Saw Operator

$36,460 Estimated

The Reserves Network
Chicago Heights, IL
Band Saw Operator

$24,600 Estimated

ESF Summer Camps
North Bethesda, MD
True Life Adventure: Camp Found Sound Bucket Band Specialist / Teacher

$54,890 Estimated

ESF Summer Camps
Newtown, PA
True Life Adventure: Camp Found Sound Bucket Band Specialist / Teacher

$54,890 Estimated

Clark County Unified School District
Las Vegas, NV
2018-2019 Band Teacher, 6-8

$54,890 Estimated

Clark County Unified School District
Las Vegas, NV
2018-2019 Band Teacher, 6-8

$54,890 Estimated

The Reserves Network
Tampa, FL
Band Saw Operator

$32,270 Estimated

ESF Summer Camps
Baltimore, MD
True Life Adventure: Camp Found Sound Bucket Band Specialist / Teacher

$54,890 Estimated

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Top Skills for A Band Director

JazzEnsembleConcertBandBandProgramClassroomManagementJazzBandPEPBandMusicTheoryMusicCurriculumGeneralMusicClassesBandGradesInstrumentalMusicProgramBrassBandFestivalHonorsBandMusicAppreciationBeginningBandLessonPlansHistoryPercussionEnsembleGuitar

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Top Band Director Skills

  1. Jazz Ensemble
  2. Concert Band
  3. Band Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted the brass ensemble and jazz ensemble.
  • Band Coordinator High School Marching Band High School Concert Band Beginning and Intermediate Band
  • Directed a marching band program in rebuilding years Established a performing Jazz Band, emphasizing Jazz
  • Supervised music rehearsals and initiated classroom management skills for the overall improvement of the program.
  • Directed the Jazz Band and organized performances.
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