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Working As A Minister Of Music

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  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Minister Of Music Do

Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.

Duties

Music directors typically do the following:

  • Select musical arrangements and compositions to be performed for live audiences or recordings
  • Prepare for performances by reviewing and interpreting musical scores
  • Direct rehearsals to prepare for performances and recordings
  • Choose guest performers and soloists
  • Audition new performers or assist section leaders with auditions
  • Practice conducting to improve their technique
  • Meet with potential donors and attend fundraisers

Music directors lead orchestras, choirs, and other musical groups. They ensure that the musicians play with one coherent sound, balancing the melody, timing, rhythm, and volume. They also give feedback to musicians and section leaders so that they can achieve the sound and style they want for the piece.

Music directors may work with a variety of orchestras and musical groups, including church choirs, youth orchestras, and high school or college bands, choirs, or orchestras. Some work with orchestras that accompany dance and opera companies.

Composers typically do the following:

  • Write original music that orchestras, bands, and other musical groups perform
  • Arrange existing music into new compositions
  • Write lyrics for music or work with a lyricist
  • Meet with companies, orchestras, or other musical groups that are interested in commissioning a piece of music
  • Study and listen to music of various styles for inspiration
  • Work with musicians to record their music

Composers write music for a variety of musical groups and users. Some work in a particular style of music, such as classical or jazz. They also may write for musicals, operas, or other types of theatrical productions.

Some composers write scores for movies or television; others write jingles for commercials. Many songwriters focus on composing music for audiences of popular music.

Some composers use instruments to help them as they write music. Others use software that allows them to hear a piece without musicians.

Some music directors and composers give private music lessons to children and adults. Others work as music teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools. For more information, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

For more information about careers in music, see the profile on musicians and singers.

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How To Become A Minister Of Music

Educational and training requirements for music directors and composers vary, although most positions require related work experience. A conductor for a symphony orchestra typically needs a master’s degree; a choir director may need a bachelor’s degree. There are no formal educational requirements for those interested in writing popular music.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a master’s degree in music theory, music composition, or conducting for positions as a conductor or classical composer.

Applicants to postsecondary programs in music typically are required to submit recordings, audition in person, or both. These programs teach students about music history and styles, as well as educate them in composing and conducting techniques. Information on degree programs is available from the National Association of Schools of Music.

A bachelor’s degree typically is required for those who want to work as a choir director.

There are no specific educational requirements for those interested in writing popular music. These composers usually find employment by submitting recordings of their compositions to bands, singers, record companies, and movie studios. Composers may promote themselves through personal websites, social media, or online video or audio of their musical work.

Important Qualities

Discipline. Talent is not enough for most music directors and composers to find employment in this field. They must constantly practice and seek to improve their technique and style.

Interpersonal skills. Music directors and composers need to work with agents, musicians, and recording studios. Being friendly, respectful, and open to criticism as well as praise, while enjoying being with others, can help music directors and composers work well with a variety of people.

Leadership. Music directors and composers must guide musicians and singers by preparing musical arrangements and helping them achieve the best possible sound.

Musical talent. To become a music director or composer, one must have musical talent.

Perseverance. Music directors and composers need determination and perseverance to continue submitting their compositions after receiving rejections. Also, reviewing auditions can be frustrating because it may take many different auditions to find the best musicians.

Promotional skills. Music directors and composers need to promote their performances through local communities, word of mouth, and social media platforms. Good self-promotional skills are helpful in building a fan base and getting more work opportunities.

Training

Music directors and composers typically begin their musical training at a young age by learning to play an instrument or singing, and perhaps performing as a musician or singer. Music directors and composers who are interested in classical music may seek additional training through music camps and fellowships. These programs provide participants with classes, lessons, and performance opportunities.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Music directors and composers often work as musicians or singers in a group, a choir, or an orchestra before they take on a leadership role. They use this time to master their instrument and gain an understanding of how the group functions.

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$173,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
6.1 years
How much does a Minister Of Music make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Minister Of Music in the United States is $81,139 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Minister Of Music Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Music Minister/Organist The Church of Saint Ignatius New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $60,356
Minister of Music Central Baptist Church Italy, TX Jan 23, 2011 $60,210
Music Minister The Society of The Free Church of St. Mary The VIR New York, NY Sep 20, 2010 $60,000
Minister of Music Central Baptist Church Italy, TX Jan 01, 2014 $57,476
Music Minister/Organist The Church of Saint Ignatius New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $54,000
Minister of Music Calvary Baptist Church Roanoke, VA Jun 11, 2015 $50,000
Minister of Music Calvary Baptist Church Roanoke, VA May 11, 2015 $50,000
Music Minister Richmond Hill United Methodist Church Richmond Hill, GA Jun 17, 2008 $46,000
Music Minister/Organist The Church of Saint Ignatius New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $45,122
Minister of Music Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Pottstown, PA Sep 01, 2010 $42,784
Music Minister Flushing Union Bible Church NY May 09, 2016 $42,000
Music Minister Flushing Union Bible Church NY Sep 09, 2016 $42,000
Minister of Music Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Pottstown, PA Jul 01, 2010 $41,000
Minister of Worship and Music Brookings Wesleyan Church Brookings, SD Sep 20, 2010 $41,000
Minister of Music Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Chicago North, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 19, 2015 $39,400
Minister of Music Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester-Our Lady of T Leominster, MA Feb 22, 2011 $38,714
Minister of Music Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester-Our Lady of T Leominster, MA Feb 23, 2010 $38,714
Music Minister The Society of The Free Church of St. Mary The VIR New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $36,858

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Top Skills for A Minister Of Music

  1. Worship Services
  2. Entire Music Ministry
  3. Adult Choir
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led music ministry during worship services, motivate congregational participation and provide direction to both choir members and musicians.
  • Provided overall leadership and accountability for the entire music ministry.
  • Directed and oversaw all aspects of church music programs including adult choirs, hand bell choirs and children's programs.
  • Provide music for church services, rehearse and perform songs, direct the choirs, and provide vocal lessons.
  • Oversee entire music department, dance ministry and sound & audio staff.

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Top 10 Best States for Ministers Of Music

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Georgia
  4. Washington
  5. Texas
  6. South Carolina
  7. Iowa
  8. Wisconsin
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Minister Of Music Demographics

Gender

Male

69.0%

Female

20.6%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Black or African American

16.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.8%

French

16.3%

German

14.3%

Portuguese

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Russian

4.1%

Swedish

2.0%

Hungarian

2.0%

Danish

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Georgian

2.0%

Braille

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Minister Of Music Education

Schools

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

18.3%

Liberty University

12.6%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

11.1%

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

8.4%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

5.0%

University of Memphis

3.8%

Lee University

3.4%

Winthrop University

3.1%

Troy University

3.1%

Full Sail University

3.1%

Norfolk State University

2.7%

Berklee College of Music

2.7%

Jacksonville State University

2.7%

Oklahoma Baptist University

2.7%

Capella University

2.7%

Dallas Baptist University

2.7%

University of Alabama

2.3%

Bethune - Cookman University

2.3%

Baptist College of Florida

2.3%
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Majors

Music

33.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

11.9%

Business

10.4%

Theology

9.3%

Education

6.3%

Biblical Studies

3.1%

Psychology

2.9%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

2.5%

School Counseling

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Educational Leadership

1.8%

Religious Education

1.8%

Music Performance

1.7%

Religion

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Entertainment Business

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.8%

Other

27.1%

Masters

26.4%

Associate

8.2%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.6%
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