Music Director/Conductor

What Does A Music Director/Conductor Do?

A music director/conductor is responsible for leading orchestras or other musical groups during practices, performances, and recordings.

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How Do I Become A Music Director/Conductor?

A master’s degree in music theory, music composition, or a related field may be necessary to obtain this position. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree.

What is the Average Salary For A Music Director/Conductor?

High – 100,000
Median – 41,000
Low – 21,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Music Director/Conductor?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Music
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Learn to play the piano!

What Is The Work Environment For A Music Director/Conductor?

Music directors typically work for performing arts companies, schools, and churches.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Music Director/Conductor?

Because of the small number of positions and the large number of people who would like these positions, there will likely be a lot of competition for these positions.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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