Profession music director

Music directors lead musical groups such as orchestras and bands during live performances or recording sessions. They organise the music and composition, coordinate the playing musicians and record the performance. Music directors are professionals working in diverse places such as the film industry, music videos, radio stations, musical ensembles or schools.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Musical genres

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • Rewrite musical scores

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

  • Manage musical staff

    Assign and manage staff tasks in areas such as scoring, arranging, copying music and vocal coaching.

  • 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.

  • Position musicians

    Position qualified musicians within musical groups, orchestras or ensembles, to obtain a correct balance among instrumental or vocal sections.

  • 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.

  • Supervise musicians

    Guide musicians during rehearsals, live performances or studio recording sessions.

  • Supervise music groups

    Direct music groups, individual musicians or complete orchestras at rehearsals and during live or studio performances, in order to improve the overall tonal and harmonic balance, dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.

  • Coordinate music with scenes

    Coordinate the selection of music and sounds so they match the mood of the scene.

  • Attend music recording sessions

    Attend recording sessions in order to make changes or adaptations to the musical score.

  • Organise musical events

    Set the date, the agenda, gather the required resources, and coordinate events around music such as concerts, competitions or exams.

  • Plan musical performances

    Schedule rehearsals and music performances, arrange details such as locations, select accompanists and instrumentalists.

  • Work out orchestral sketches

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

  • Transcribe ideas into musical notation

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

  • Strive for excellence in musical performance

    Continually commit to perfecting your instrumental or vocal performance.

  • Evaluate musical ideas

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

  • Guide analysis of a recorded performance

    Guide the analysis of a video recording. Use the choreographer or other performers as an example.

  • Orchestrate music

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

Optional knowledge and skills

musical notation film music techniques improvise music promote music set up basic recording film production process write musical scores connect music fragments compose music participate in music studio recordings create musical forms record music conduct musical ensembles study music