A DJ is a disc jockey. Disc jockeys are the people that play the music you hear on radio stations, internet radio stations, local bars and dance clubs, and even at wedding receptions. A disc jockey will consider their target audience when selecting the tracks to be played and often has a set list given to them by the company they work for, such as radio station management who wish to target a specific audience.
A music teacher gives lessons on how to play instruments, or gives singing or voice lessons. Some teachers work in schools from elementary to high school levels, and teach many students. Other teachers give lessons on an individual basis, and may work out of their homes or at a store. Some popular jobs include teaching piano, violin, guitar, or voice. At schools, these teachers are responsible for directing the school bands, choirs, and orchestras. They may also teach appreciation, theory, or composition classes to advanced students.
The main job of a music promoter is to publicize and promote upcoming local or national live events and concerts. He or she will also organize the events, book the band or bands, and advertise in a way to bring in as many people as possible, which in turn, will bring in profits.
A conductor is a vital part of any ensemble performing music, acting as the director to keep the performers unified and on cue. A profession which dates far back into the Middle Ages, conducting has taken many forms and followed many traditions through the centuries, only taking on its most modern incarnation in the early 19th century as a dedicated, non-instrumented position. The classic image of a leader standing in front of an ensemble of musical artists using a thin wooden baton to direct the performance harkens back to the time of Felix Mendelssohn, who was the first to be credited with the modern baton's use. A musical director can be necessary to a variety of performing groups, from choirs, marching bands, orchestras, and other instrumented groups. The exact title of the position can vary depending on seniority or the specific type of group being directed, including "musical director" in an orchestral setting, "choral director" or "choirmaster" when directing a choir, "bandmaster" when the ensemble is primarily brass and percussion instruments. A musical director who has excelled in the field and achieved a certain level of seniority may gain the title of "maestro", a coveted honour and tradition.
A Sound Recorder records and reproduces any audible noise, including voice, using many different types of audio equipment. Besides equipment, learned techniques are also used to record, manipulate and enhance sound. Sound engineer, recording engineer, acoustical engineer and audio engineer are other names used to describe the Sound Recorder. While there are slight differences between these distinctions, they do essentially the same functions and as a Sound Recorder. Audio engineers use equipment for the recording, mixing and reproduction of sound as well as being knowledgeable in the use of analog tape, digital multi-track recorders and understanding how to transfer analog sound to a digital format. Using software and hardware specifically designed for audio recording, the Audio Engineer synchronizes and improves audio recording for a number of applications like movies, computer and console games and videos.
A composer or scorer is someone who writes and directs original music used to produce various types of media entertainment. The scores they write are technically correct to create flawless performances by choruses, musicians or instrumental ensembles. Sound recordings produced from the score vary in style and may reflect the classical, country, folk, jazz, techno or pop genres. Additionally, scorers work to help tell a story in a film, television story, play or video game without distracting the viewer. The soundtrack they create must suit the project and convey the appropriate mood or tone for the scene. Successful composers are versatile with effective collaboration skills, allowing them to work on a variety of projects with producers and musicians from various backgrounds. They have extensive knowledge of the industry and a passion and talent for creating sound recordings. Most composers are often skilled in playing one or multiple instruments and have a good ear for music.
A Music Therapist is part of an employment subgroup of creative arts therapists who use the arts to treat mental illness, provide support for individuals with disabilities, and to promote wellness and personal growth and creativity. Music therapists create a therapeutic and supportive environment which taps into non-verbal processes to facilitate emotional, physical and mental change. It is effective with individuals who may have difficulty expressing themselves in normal ways; for example, children who have experienced trauma prior to the development of language skills, or people who have gone through profound trauma and cannot express it verbally. Children and adults who are developmentally disabled and unable to express themselves verbally can often communicate through the arts and music. Music therapists use techniques like relaxation, guided imagery and improvisation, and they incorporate sound, music, and rhythm in a way to engage clients. Music therapy is a clinical and evidence-based therapy technique that has been proven to achieve individual and group goals when applied by a qualified professional. Music is known to affect people not just physiologically by changing heart beat, blood pressure, temperature and breathing rate. Music also decreases feelings of isolation and lack of control, and it can open up spiritual vistas and help access and release repressed emotion. Music therapy is effective for anxiety reduction, depression, pain management, coping with stress, self-expression, and much more. Music is also a powerful means to promote group unity.
A Lyric Writer (also known as a Lyricist), is an individual who is involved in writing creative words that are used in songs. Many times, a successful lyric writer will work closely with a musical composer who can give feedback on how the lyrics that are written will work in conjunction with the music that will accompany them. Sometimes a lyricist will be someone who can not only write the words to a song, but can also write the music. This is a definite advantage for any lyricist, because that way they are able to control both aspects of a song, ultimately achieving the artistic feel that they were aiming for. Even if a lyric writer does not have the complete ability to write both the words and music-piece, it is an excellent idea if they are able to have a brief understanding of the musical aspect. At times, a lyricist will write exclusively for one band or performer. Many performers or entertainers do not write their own material, but are backed by talented writers who are able to compose songs that compliment their niche in the industry.