Profession music arranger

Music arrangers create arrangements for music after its creation by a composer. They interpret, adapt or rework a composition for other instruments or voices, or to another style. Music arrangers are experts in instruments and orchestration, harmony, polyphony and composition techniques.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Musical theory

    The body of interrelated concepts that constitutes the theoretical background of music.

  • Musical genres

    Different musical styles and genres such as blues, jazz, reggae, rock, or indie.

Skills

  • Develop musical ideas

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

  • Read musical score

    Read the musical score during rehearsal and live performance.

  • Organise compositions

    Arrange and adapt existing musical compositions, add variations to existing melodies or compositions manually or with the use of computer software. Redistribute instrumental parts.

  • Write musical scores

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

  • Orchestrate music

    Assign lines of music to different musical instruments and/or voices to be played together.

  • Transpose music

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

  • Rewrite musical scores

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

Optional knowledge and skills

work out orchestral sketches supervise musicians music literature play the piano