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Working As A Music Ministries Director

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  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Music Ministries Director 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 Music Ministries Director

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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$38,000
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%
Best Paying Company
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Highest Paying City
Jackson, NY
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
5.6 years
How much does a Music Ministries Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Music Ministries Director in the United States is $81,535 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $174,000.

Real Music Ministries Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA Sep 10, 2015 $95,200
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA Sep 17, 2015 $95,200
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA Jun 10, 2014 $95,196
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA Feb 21, 2013 $91,380
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA May 16, 2012 $90,000
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Church at The Falls-The Falls Church Falls Church, VA Sep 12, 2012 $90,000
Director of Worship and Music Ministry The Falls Church Episcopal Falls Church, VA Oct 01, 2010 $90,000
Director of Worship and Music Ministry Oak Ridge Community Church MD Nov 15, 2010 $64,000
Director of Music Ministry Faith Lutheran Church Topeka, KS Oct 03, 2007 $55,000
Music Ministries Director Somerville Community Baptist Church, Inc. Somerville, MA Oct 10, 2014 $51,522
Music Ministries Director Shalom Church of Southern California Torrance, CA Aug 24, 2016 $50,450
Director of Music Ministry Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church New Haven, CT Sep 17, 2013 $47,751
Director of Music Ministries Phil-Am Good News Fellowship Houston, TX Sep 20, 2012 $46,060
Director of Music Ministry (Music Director) St. Rose of Lima East Hartford, CT Oct 01, 2015 $45,914
Director of Music Ministries/Organist Millian Memorial United Methodist Church Rockville, MD Feb 13, 2011 $45,768 -
$58,916
Director of Music Ministry Alliance Missionary Church Mountain Lake, MN Jan 02, 2012 $40,000
Director of Music Ministry (Music Director) St. Mary's Church Hampden, MA Oct 01, 2015 $39,653
Director of Music Ministries Bronx Korean Seventh-Day Adventist Church Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Oct 01, 2014 $38,985
Director of Music Ministries Westchester Korean Seventh-Day Adventist Church Yonkers, NY Oct 01, 2014 $38,985
Director of Music Ministries Faith International Fellowship Houston, TX Aug 21, 2013 $36,126
Director of Music Ministries Faith International Fellowship Houston, TX Aug 27, 2013 $36,126
Director of Music Ministries Faith International Fellowship Houston, TX Sep 05, 2013 $36,126
Director of Music Ministries Faith International Fellowship Houston, TX Aug 16, 2013 $36,126
Director of Music Ministries Faith International Fellowship Houston, TX Sep 16, 2013 $33,392
Director of Music Ministry (Music Director) St. Mary's Church Hampden, MA Oct 01, 2012 $33,392
Director of Music Ministry Chamjoeun Presbyterian Church of Nj Fairview, NJ Oct 01, 2013 $31,305
Director of Music Ministry Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Columbus, IN Oct 01, 2009 $28,000 -
$48,000
Director of Music Ministries Bronx Korean Seventh-Day Adventist Church Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Oct 01, 2011 $27,861

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Top Skills for A Music Ministries Director

  1. Worship Services
  2. Student Ministry
  3. Chancel Choir
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized music for worship services and led congregational singing
  • Direct and has grown the Chancel Choir from 20 to 113 participants weekly.
  • Scheduled maintenance of all musical instruments, as well as other electronic equipment.
  • Rehearse and accompany the adult choir and serve as a member of the worship committee and Parish Council.
  • Supervised and trained over 40 volunteers in a comprehensive music program.

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Music Ministries Director Demographics

Gender

Male

56.0%

Female

34.7%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

French

17.6%

German

11.8%

Italian

11.8%

Tagalog

5.9%

Korean

5.9%
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Music Ministries Director Education

Schools

Liberty University

11.3%

Duquesne University

8.5%

Northwestern University

7.0%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

5.6%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

5.6%

Towson University

5.6%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

Grand Canyon University

5.6%

University of South Florida

4.2%

University of New Hampshire

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.2%

Berklee College of Music

4.2%

Florida Atlantic University

4.2%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.2%

Loyola University New Orleans

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

University of Northern Colorado

2.8%

Shenandoah University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%
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Majors

Music

45.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

9.6%

Theology

8.6%

Business

7.7%

Education

5.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Nursing

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Fine Arts

1.5%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Theatre

1.5%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Music Performance

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

History

1.2%

Religious/Sacred Music

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.0%

Masters

32.8%

Other

18.5%

Associate

6.3%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.5%
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