Music Professions - Performance
A composer is a person who writes music. A composer can write music for a publishing company or can freelance. Composers can compose music for a specific person, for a group of people, for a movie, for video games, television jingles, and other mediums.
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A conductor is a person who leads a musical performance. It is his or her responsibility to lead and coordinate musicians in a musical performance or rehearsal. Conductors must have extensive knowledge in all areas of music, as well as an understanding of musical foreign language terms. A conductor communicates the music through hand and arm gestures and motions. Additionally, the conductor also makes eye contact with the musicians. It takes many years of musical study to be a successful conductor.
A performer spends years refining his or her talent and musical abilities. It is a very difficult way to earn a living. Most professional performers have agents who help them to book jobs. A professional musician can be found providing music for tv shows, commercials, movies, and concerts. It is not uncommon for professional musicians to supplement their income by teaching privately. On occasion, professional musicians have been overheard saying, "Would you like fries with that?"
A religious performer is commonly referred to as a church/synagogue musician. Religious performers sing songs or play instruments to enhance religious services. In addition to a choir, sometimes there is a person, known as a cantor, who sings songs in a service.
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