Profession composer

Composers create new music pieces in a variety of styles. They usually note down the created music in musical notation. Composers may work independently or as part of a group or ensemble. Many create pieces to support film, television, games or live performances.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising


  • Read musical score

    Read the musical score during rehearsal and live performance.

  • Study music

    Study original pieces of music to get well acquainted with music theory and history.

  • Work out orchestral sketches

    Make up and work out details for orchestral sketches, such as adding extra vocal parts to scores.

  • Write musical scores

    Write musical scores for orchestras, ensembles or individual instrumentalists using knowledge of music theory and history. Apply instrumental and vocal capabilities.

  • Evaluate musical ideas

    Experiment with different sound sources, use synthesizers and computer software, permanently explore and evaluate musical ideas and concepts.

  • Transpose music

    Transposing music into an alternate key while keeping the original tone structure.

  • Complete final musical scores

    Collaborate with colleagues, such as copyists or fellow composers, in order to complete musical scores.

  • Create musical forms

    Create original musical forms, or write within existing musical formats like operas or symphonies.

  • Rewrite musical scores

    Rewrite original musical scores in different musical genres and styles; change rhythm, harmony tempo or instrumentation.

  • Select elements for a composition

    Determine and assign elements to compose a music piece. Define melodies, instrumental parts, harmonies, tone balances and time notations.

  • Transcribe ideas into musical notation

    Transcribe/translate musical ideas into musical notation, using instruments, pen and paper, or computers.

  • Develop musical ideas

    Explore and develop musical concepts based on sources such as imagination or environmental sounds.

  • Create musical structures

    Apply aspects of music theory in order to create musical and tonal structures such as harmonies and melodies.

Optional knowledge and skills

play musical instruments record music music literature use digital instruments edit recorded sound supervise musicians organise compositions film music techniques