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Working As A Director Of Music

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $40,744

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Music Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Director Of Music

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Director Of Music Demographics

Gender

Male

61.1%

Female

36.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

82.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.6%

French

18.0%

German

9.1%

Italian

8.8%

Portuguese

3.3%

Korean

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Japanese

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Mandarin

1.7%

Chinese

1.4%

Greek

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Irish

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%

Cherokee

0.3%

Romanian

0.3%
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Director Of Music Education

Schools

Liberty University

9.4%

Berklee College of Music

8.9%

New York University

7.1%

Full Sail University

6.2%

Florida State University

6.2%

University of North Texas

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

University of Miami

4.8%

Northwestern University

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.1%

Illinois State University

3.9%

James Madison University

3.9%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Howard University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%
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Majors

Music

37.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

13.8%

Business

6.9%

Communication

6.5%

Education

6.1%

Theology

3.0%

Theatre

2.7%

Psychology

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.5%

Music Performance

2.4%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

English

2.3%

Entertainment Business

1.6%

Writing

1.5%

Journalism

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Fine Arts

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

26.1%

Other

21.4%

Doctorate

4.0%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Director Of Music Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Church Music Director New York Dong Yang First Church NY Dec 14, 2015 $108,680
Music Director Brazos Valley Chorale Bryan, TX Oct 17, 2016 $104,350
Music Director Quill & Quaver Associates, LLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $93,915
Director of Music New York Preparatory School New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $86,520
Music Director United Television Broadcasting Systems, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 01, 2015 $84,947
Religious Music Director Living Water Presbyterian Church of Nj Fairview, NJ Apr 13, 2016 $84,711
Church Music Director The Arcola Korean United Methodist Church Paramus, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $84,469
Music Director Ischool of Music & Art Port Washington, NY Feb 02, 2015 $77,626
Music Director The Serving Life Church Ridgefield, NJ May 23, 2016 $77,043
Director of Musical Events Plugin Miami LLC Hallandale Beach, FL Sep 15, 2016 $75,000
Music Director Lion Management Group Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 03, 2015 $73,800
Music Director San Francisco Boys Chorus Oakland, CA Sep 27, 2016 $72,500
Music Director San Francisco Boys Chorus San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2016 $72,500
Director of Music New York Garden Church New York, NY Oct 14, 2015 $68,702
Music Director Saint Francis Episcopal Church College Station, TX Aug 20, 2016 $57,810
Musical Director Cheek 2 Cheek LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $57,000
Music Director Holy Rosary Catholic Church New York, NY Oct 26, 2016 $55,016
Music Director The Love of Christ Presbyterian Church NY Jun 29, 2016 $55,016
Christian Music Director Full Gospel New York Church NY Sep 05, 2016 $55,016
Director of Music Missouri Military Academy Mexico, MO Jan 09, 2016 $55,000
Music Director New Community Baptist Church of Houston Houston, TX Jan 15, 2016 $54,475
Music Director Hangaram LLC Suwanee, GA Jan 28, 2016 $53,685
Music Director Se Kwang Baptist Church, Inc. Suwanee, GA Feb 26, 2016 $47,174
Music Director Cranehill Learning Services, Inc. Allen, TX Jun 10, 2015 $46,827
Music Director St. PUIS X Catholic Church Conyers, GA Sep 25, 2015 $46,000
Director of Music and Liturgy Queen of Apostles Congregation Pewaukee, WI Mar 30, 2015 $45,000
Director of Music Holy Family Catholic Church Mitchell, SD Jun 01, 2016 $45,000
Director of Music Holy Family Catholic Church Mitchell, SD Feb 04, 2016 $45,000
Music Director JJF International Music Academy, LLC Lincoln, NE Sep 24, 2015 $45,000 -
$65,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Music

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Top Director Of Music Skills

  1. Music Director
  2. Music Program
  3. Music Ministry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Vacation Bible School Music Director.
  • Directed/Supervised large music program including five choirs (children - adult), string and wind ensembles, instrumentalists, soloists.
  • Worked closely with the Pastor in the planning and the development of the Music Ministry.
  • Direct adult choir, direct children's choir, play organ, play piano.
  • Teach and Conduct Vocal Choir, Bell Choir and Instrumental Ensembles for weekly worship services and holiday services.

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