Musicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Musicians in the Military play not only for members of their own service branch, but also to engage the public. They play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts. They perform many types of music, including marches, classical, jazz, and popular music. They also travel regularly.

Work Environment

Musicians play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances; outdoors at parades and open-air concerts. They also travel regularly.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Performing Arts Companies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Musicians in the Military

2,799

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Salary

Average Salary

$68,733

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 37%
  • Master's degree 21%
  • High school 12%
  • Doctoral degree 12%
  • Some college 8%
  • Post-doctoral training 5%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service, music training is given to new band members. Training length varies depending on musical specialty. Musicians in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals, individual practice, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Music theoryGroup instrumental techniquesIndividual instrumental fundamentalsSight-reading musical scoresDance band techniquesSight singing and ear trainingPercussion techniques

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Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Communications and Media

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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