Profession musical conductor

Musical conductors lead ensembles of musicians directing them during rehersals and helping them atteining their best performance. They can work with a variety of ensembles such as choirs and orchestras. Musical conductors adjust the tempo (speed), rhythm, dynamics (loud or soft) and articulation (smooth or detached) of the music using gestures and sometimes dancing to motivate the musicians to play according to the music sheet.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising


  • Musical instruments

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

  • Link between dance and music style

    The relation of a practiced dance style with music structure and musicians.

  • Music literature

    Literature about music theory, specific music styles, periods, composers or musicians, or specific pieces. This includes a variety of materials such as magazines, journals, books and academic literature.

  • Musical theory

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


  • Study musical scores

    Study musical scores and develop various interpretations.

  • Strive for excellence in musical performance

    Continually commit to perfecting your instrumental or vocal performance.

  • Transpose music

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

  • Conduct guest soloists

    Guide guest solo musicians in addition to ensemble members.

  • Select music for performance

    Select pieces of music for a live performance. Consider factors such as ensemble abilities, availability of scores and the need for musical variety.

  • Write musical scores

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

  • Plan musical performances

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

  • Position musicians

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

  • Work with soloists

    Communicate with solo artists and concert masters to discuss and prepare for performances.

  • Engage composers

    Engage services of professional composers to write the score for a music piece.

  • Communicate performance aspects

    Use body gestures to shape the music, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, colour, pitch, volume, and other live performance aspects.

  • 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 performance tours

    Schedule planning for a series of event dates, plan timetables, organise venues, accommodations and transportation for longer tours.

  • Identify characteristics of music

    Identify the elemental, structural, and stylistic characteristics of music from various periods and cultures.

  • Select musical performers

    Organise auditions and select performers for musical performances.

  • Study music

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

  • Manage musical staff

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

  • Collaborate with music librarians

    Communicate and work together with music librarians to ensure permanent availability of scores.

  • Work with composers

    Communicate with composers to discuss various interpretations of their work.

  • Transcribe musical compositions

    Transcribe musical compositions in order to adapt them to a particular group, or to create a particular musical style.

  • Participate in music studio recordings

    Take part in recording sessions in music studios.

Optional knowledge and skills

history of musical instruments compose music direct fundraising activities musical genres specialise in a musical genre create musical forms monitor performers perform music solo art history orchestrate music guide analysis of a recorded performance select music play musical instruments manage contracts safeguard artistic quality of performance evaluate musical ideas make artistic processes explicit manage budgets