Singer  What They Do

Just the Facts

Musicians and Singers Career Video

Sings songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Memorizes musical selections and routines, or sings following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
  • Sings as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
  • Performs before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
  • Interprets or modifies music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Practices singing exercises and studies with vocal coaches, in order to develop their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
  • Sings a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Observes choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
  • Makes or participates in recordings.
  • Seeks out and learns new music that is suitable for live performance and/or recording.
  • Composes songs and/or creates vocal arrangements.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

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