Career outlook for classical musician
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would play an instrument or sing for audiences in live concerts. You’d also record music for people to listen to at home.
You might perform solo or as part of an orchestra or ensemble (group of musicians). Some people work as freelance session musicians, playing or singing with different orchestras or ensembles as required.
You’d record music for people to buy on CD or download, or to be played in films, TV and radio.
You’d also need to:
- Practise regularly
- Learn and rehearse new pieces
- Look after your voice or instrument
- Set up and tune your instrument before a performance
You’d prepare for and attend auditions and, if you work freelance, you’d need to contact agents and find work.
You might also:
- Compose your own musical scores
- Conduct an orchestra
- Teach music to children, either privately or as a visiting teacher in schools
You’d need to be prepared to practice for several hours a day. You’d also have to be able to accept criticism and rejection.
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