Musicians and Singers

MusicMusicians and Singers


Division of Arts and Humanities

Musicians, singers, and related workers play musical instruments, sing, compose or arrange music, or conduct groups in instrumental or vocal performances. They perform solo or as part of a group, mostly in front of live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls, and theaters. They also perform in recording or production studios for radio, TV, film, or video games. Regardless of the setting, they spend considerable time practicing alone and with their bands, orchestras, or other musical ensembles.

Musicians play one or more musical instruments. Many musicians learn to play several related instruments and can perform equally well in several musical styles. Singers use their knowledge of voice production, melody, and harmony to interpret music and text. They sing character parts or perform in their own individual styles.

Music directors and conductors conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups such as orchestras, choirs, and glee clubs. These leaders audition and select musicians, choose the music most appropriate for their talents and abilities, and direct rehearsals and performances. Choral directors lead choirs and glee clubs, sometimes working with a band or an orchestra conductor. Directors audition and select singers and lead them at rehearsals and performances to achieve harmony, rhythm, tempo, shading, and other desired musical effects.  Composers create original music such as symphonies, operas, sonatas, radio and television jingles, film scores, and popular songs.

  • Source: The National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190.

Educational Opportunities in Musicians and Singers

Associate of Arts
The associate of arts degree is designed for students who intend to continue their education after LCCC. The associate of arts degree does not have a specific major, but elective courses can be used as transfer credits toward a number of different majors at the bachelor’s degree level at the LCCC University Partnership and other universities.

The associate of arts degree is awarded to a student successfully completing programmatic requirements. Candidates completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior standing to the four-year college or university of their choice. Since requirements at transfer institutions vary widely, each student should consult the catalog of the transfer institution and plan her/his program with a college counselor. There are virtually no limitations to the programs that can be pursued as LCCC can customize associate of arts programs to meet the transfer college/ university’s requirements.

Students pursuing the associate of arts degree may also select electives, or complement their curriculums, by choosing from such courses as communication, performance, film appreciation, introduction to American cinema, civic and collegiate chorale, civic concert and jazz bands, civic orchestra, fundamentals of music, piano, vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, music theory, sight singing and ear training, music history, music appreciation, music as a world phenomenon, introduction to theater, introduction to stagecraft, introduction to lighting, techniques of acting, voice and movement, directing workshop and theater laboratory.

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