Music directors are responsible for organizing and overseeing music programs within an organization. Their job requirements may greatly vary depending on the employer. They may be required to conduct a choir or orchestra, select appropriate music to be played, plan and prepare sheet music, ensure copyright laws are followed, hold auditions for ensemble members, and/or promote and organize tours. Music directors' work is indoors and rarely physical, with the exception of conducting.
Music directors usually work with musicians and others within their organization; depending on the employer, they may also meet with representatives from music and record companies. They can be employed by a variety of organizations, such as churches, schools, universities, the military, radio stations, and films, among others. Their hours may be part time or full time depending on the employer; a music director at a church, for example, may work for 10 to 15 hours per week, whereas a music director at a radio station may work 40 or more hours per week.
Larger organizations may expect their music directors to have at least a bachelor's degree in a music-related field and experience in directing. Smaller organizations may be satisfied with a director who has directing experience and demonstrated knowledge in musical theory and performance. As they are often self-directed, music directors need to be able to work independently. Other skills required include proficiency with an instrument or instruments, knowledge of a wide range of music, and the ability to write and arrange music.
Music Director Tasks
Conduct and direct instrumental or vocal performance for musical performance groups including orchestras, and choirs.
Transcribe or rearrange musical compositions to fit the performance group.
Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances.