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Musicians and Singers

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NOC:5133
Occupation:Musicians and Singers
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes musicians, singers and teachers of vocal and instrumental music. Musicians and singers interpret music using their knowledge of voice production, musicianship, melody, and harmony. They perform with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios. Music teachers teach technique, interpretation, and music theory to students through private or group lessons. Music teachers teach in conservatories, academies and private homes.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Musicians play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes.
  • Singers sing musical arrangements as soloists or as members of vocal groups before audiences or for recording purposes.
  • Teachers of music or voice teach technique, interpretation and music theory to students through private or group lessons.

Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific types of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.

Sample job titles:
  • accompanist
  • church organist
  • music teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons
  • musician
  • piano teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons
  • recording artist
  • session musician
  • singer
  • street musician
  • voice teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons
Skills:

To work as a professional singer or musician, 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 and performing before an audience. Self-discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job requirements:
  • Musical training from a university or college or through private instruction is usually required.
  • Members of orchestras and other professional classical musicians and singers usually require a university degree in music.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the job or type of performance may be required.
Other considerations:

Musical talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Musicians and Singers900Weak Growth79Moderate
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $1,597
Median: $13,238
Maximum: $50,009
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport9,745Moderate Growth705Moderate
Minimum: $10.50
Median: $18.00
Maximum: $33.69
Minimum: $2,289
Median: $19,980
Maximum: $58,961
Musicians and SingersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time41%61%
Percent self-employed54%30%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentMusicians and SingersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region10%$11,12612%$30,581
Northern Region8%$10,53616%$33,660
Cape Breton6%$13,15212%$32,974
Halifax68%$23,80248%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%N/A13%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Educational Services44%
Information, Culture & Recreation35%
Public Administration7%
Other Services6%
Retail Trade5%
What are the workers like?
AgeMusicians and SingersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-2414%x
25-3421%13%
35-4420%21%
45-5417%34%
55-6418%26%
65+11%x
Median Age4242
GenderMusicians and SingersCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female52%55%
Male48%45%
EducationMusicians and SingersCompared to: Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.6%$13,6165.8%$2,298
High school22.8%$14,45122.5%$7,127
Trades certificate4.4%$4,4814.3%$13,575
College certificate or diploma16.7%$9,99421.9%$20,158
University certificate or diploma3.3%$10,8264.4%$20,801
Bachelor's degree28.3%$11,25528.7%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma3.9%$12,0073.0%$18,274
Master's degree12.8%$16,0408.1%N/A
DoctoratexN/A1.2%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxN/A0.2%$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.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Music Teacher
Right to Title:This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association
6158 Lawrence Street
Halifax, NS B3L 1J6
nsrmta@gmail.com
Useful contacts:
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, NS B3L 1K7
Tel: (902) 423-6995
Fax: (902) 423-6029
admin@maritimeconservatory.com
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
Symphony Nova Scotia Society
Park Lane, Suite 301, Box 218 5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Tel: (902) 421-1300
Fax: (902) 422-1209
info@symphonyns.ca
Nova Scotia Choral Federation
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (888) 672-3969
Fax: (902) 422-0881
nscfadmin@nscf.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Tourism Talent
2089 Maitland Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2Z8
Tel: (800) 948-4267
Fax: (902) 422-0184
jobs@tourism.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
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