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Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers

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NOC:5132
Occupation:Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

Conductors, composers and arrangers include those who conduct bands and orchestras, compose musical works and arrange instrumental and vocal compositions. They are employed by symphony and chamber orchestras, bands, choirs, sound recording companies, and orchestras for ballet and opera performances, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Conductors select and interpret musical works and lead bands, orchestras and choirs during rehearsals and performances.
  • Composers and songwriters create musical compositions such as television and film scores, theme music, songs, symphonies and music for interactive products such as video games.
  • Music arrangers adapt and modify musical compositions to convey desired themes and to suit particular instrumental and vocal performances.

Conductors, composers and arrangers usually specialize in a particular type of music such as classical, country, jazz or popular.

Sample job titles:
  • composer
  • conductor
  • lyricist
  • music adapter
  • music arranger
  • music director
  • music writer
  • singer-songwriter-composer
  • songwriter
  • writer-composer-performer
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others. Self- discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job requirements:
  • A university degree in music or completion of a program at a music academy, conservatory or school of music is usually required.
  • A period of specialized study related to conducting, composing or arranging is usually required.
Other considerations:

Many factors can affect an individual's earnings in these jobs. Therefore, incomes will likely vary greatly throughout the year and from one year to the next. Many people find it necessary to work at other jobs to supplement their income. Experience as a musician is required. Composers often work as arrangers. Musical and creative talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 30% of Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Conductors, Composers, and Arrangers120xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $16,959
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Conductors, Composers, and ArrangersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time48%59%
Percent self-employed3%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentConductors, Composers, and ArrangersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern12%x12%$30,581
Northern20%x16%$33,660
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Halifax48%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley16%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeConductors, Composers, and ArrangersCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-24xN/A
25-34x13%
35-44x44%
45-54x35%
55-6450%8%
65+33%4%
Median Age5238
GenderConductors, Composers, and ArrangersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female44%56%
Male56%44%
EducationConductors, Composers, and ArrangersCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax10.2%$2,298
High school22.7%$33,81026.2%$7,127
Trades certificateN/Ax3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma13.6%$35,13620.3%$20,158
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree22.7%$44,50327.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma9.1%x1.5%$18,274
Master's degreeN/Ax8.0%x
Doctorate27.3%x1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry9.1%x0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Music Nova Scotia
2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B5
Tel: (902) 423-6271
Fax: (902) 423-8841
info@musicnovascotia.ca
Atlantic Federation of Musicians
16 BALCOMES DRIVE
Halifax, NS B3N 1H9
Tel: (866) 240-4809
Fax: (902) 479-1312
admin@cfm571.ca
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
41 Valleybrook Drive
Toronto, ON M3B 2S6
Tel: (866) 307-6226
members@socan.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Jazz/jazz studies
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of jazz. These programs include courses in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics.
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St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Program Name:Music - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. These programs include courses in music, dance, and other performing arts media.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Music management and merchandising
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to organize and manage music organizations, operations, facilities, and personnel. These programs include courses in business and financial management; marketing and fundraising; personnel management and labour relations; event promotion and management; music products merchandising; artist agency and promotion; music law; and applications to specific activities such as managing theatres, recording studios and companies, bands and other ensembles, individual artists, and music organizations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of the forms and methods of music art, and the functions of music, in Western and non-Western societies and cultures. These programs include courses in music theory, musicological research methods, and studies of specific cultural styles such as jazz, folk music, rock, ethnic musical traditions, and the music of non-Western cultures.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Additional resources:

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