Band Director Salary
|Salary||$32,756 - $64,918|
|Bonus||$750 - $6,575|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$32,038 - $64,508|
|Bonus||$750 - $6,575|
|Total Pay (||$32,038 - $64,508|
Job Description for Band Director
A band director frequently works for a school, college, or similar institution. He or she helps to select and develop student musicians for music performance in bands at the school. As many schools have multiple bands for varying purposes and skill levels, the band director helps to audition and place student musicians according to skill level and aptitude. He or she then selects pieces for the bands to play and leads them through rehearsals before conducting the bands in performance.Read More...
A band director at a grade school or middle school will likely be working mostly with beginners on various instruments. In this case, the band director must work to help educate each young musician on the fundamentals of tone and executing basic notes. In high schools or band camps, the band director will likely focus on tonality, as well as playing multiple parts in counterpoint and harmony. Some schools will have marching bands under the direction of the band director, who may also have to work with choreography. The band director may also have jazz bands, pep bands, and smaller ensembles. It is almost always incumbent on the band director to choose music that is suited to the purpose and skill of the musicians he or she is leading.
Most band directors are considered regular faculty at the schools where they are employed. They typically will hold a degree in music, music education, or a similar field from a university. Most band directors work fairly long hours and must be well-organized. Band directors typically work early mornings through evenings in classrooms, music halls, and/or auditoriums.
Band Director Tasks
- Direct and organize bands for schools, colleges, or professional groups.
- Assist musicians in interpreting music and playing on tempo.
- Organize rehearsals.
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Pay by Experience Level for Band Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Band Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $43K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Band Director with more than 20 years of experience can earn $61K on average.
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