Careers in Jazz Composition
Below are some of the many careers a jazz composition major can pursue.
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An arranger reimagines an existing composition, adapting the instruments, voices, rhythms, and tempo to create a new sound for a piece of music.
Classical Composer, Jazz Composer, Opera Composer
Composers create musical works that may be performed or recorded by new music ensembles, synchronized with a visual element to create a multimedia experience, or performed as part of an opera or dance concert.
Film Composer, Film Scorer
Film composers create the musical scores that accompany movies.
Television Composer, Film and TV Composer
Television composers write the themes, background score, and source music used in television shows.
Video game composers create the musical scores for video games on a variety of platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, personal computers, and virtual and augmented reality systems.
Copyists are responsible for proofreading scores and preparing individual parts for performances and recording sessions.
Copyists are responsible for proofreading scores and preparing individual parts for film, TV, and video game music recording sessions.
Music Library Composer, Custom Music Composer, Advertising Music Composer, Production Music Writer, General Business Composer
Writing for a wide variety of clients—including businesses, event production companies, software and hardware developers, nonprofits, films and TV shows, and music libraries—freelance composers create music not for the stage but for use in the world around them.
An orchestrator takes a composer's musical sketch and turns it into a score for orchestra, ensemble, or choral group, assigning the instruments and voices according to the composer's intentions.
Working alone or in collaboration with others, staff writers are content providers who create hit songs for other artists to record and perform.
Music Transcriber, Music Transcriptionist
Using specialized computer programs, keen ears, and a deep knowledge of music notation, transcribers create sheet music and, occasionally, entirely new arrangements from musical recordings.