Music (Vocal)

Job Description:

A Vocal musician (or Vocalist) specializes in singing, and it's branches. If a person goes into vocal music they have a variety of different career paths. They can go into composition and compose choral music, they could become a performer and preform for large audiences- most significantly  in operatic style, or even become a director and direct choirs.

Required skills:

A vocalist needs to have experience with singing and vocal music. A common way to get such experience is to preform in a choir, or other music group. They would also need to be able to read sheet music. While seemingly simple, there is a great degree of complexity. A good example would be the phrase "accel. poco al poco." Which means to sing at an increased tempo bit by bit.

Yet another very important skill for an aspiring vocalist is to be capable of using a Piano. While the capability to play a piano is unnecessary, (albeit very useful) the ability to at least find the note you need to hit is absolutely necessary.

Educational Requirements:

While not required a degree in Music is certainly helpful for pursuing  career in music. There are several schools one can attend to receive a degree in Music, such as the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or the Jacobs School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. If one opts to not get a music degree, a High School education of Music, and experience with the necessary implements should be sufficient.A music degree takes one or two years of full-time study to receive.


A Vocal Musician makes an average of $38,752 annually as a Salary. However, it varies from as little as $12,000, to almost $100,000, so it depends largely on one's Job and Employer. When one accounts for bonuses and other additional monetary boosters, a Vocal Musician makes from $16,000 to more than $175,000.

Job Outlook:

The average Job Outlook for all occupations is an increase of approximately 11%. Musicians have an Outlook of approximately 5%, less than half of the average. Many Musicians begin in less profitable positions and get paid more as they progress in their career. at a starting level one might make about $40,000 total, and as they progress in experience they can receive upwards of $50,00 reliably.


A Vocal musician usually pursues a career down this path because of a passion for music and singing. They enjoy preforming, helping with, and leading others in music, Therefore, they decided to make a career out of their passion. Most Vocal musicians consider themselves to be highly satisfied with their chosen career path.


Some careers similar to being a vocal Musician include being an instrumental Musician and a Performing Musician. An Instrumental Musician preforms with an instrument, as opposed to their voice. A Performing Musician would preform in plays and if interested in Vocal Music, specifically in musicals.

Why This Career:

Since I was a child I have always enjoyed singing. Many of my role models were singing in one form or another. My father preformed in my Church's choir, and one of my mentors preformed in the Huntsville Men's Choir. I took many classes involved in music and it's details. As I have progressed through my life, I have taken many classes and learned many things, about many different subjects, However few have brought me as much joy as my experiences in vocal music. People always tell students "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Most Vocal Musicians have decided to do just that.

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