5133 Musicians and singers

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Lead statement

This unit group includes musicians, singers and teachers of vocal and instrumental music. Musicians and singers perform with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios. Music teachers teach in conservatories, academies and private homes.

Example Titles

  • accompanist
  • church organist
  • guitar player
  • instrumentalist
  • music teacher – musicians
  • musician
  • opera singer
  • percussionist
  • recording artist
  • rock singer
  • singer
  • vocalist

Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:


  • Play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes.


  • Sing musical arrangements as soloists or as members of vocal groups before audiences or for recording purposes.

Teachers of music or voice

  • Teach technique, interpretation and music theory to students through private or group lessons.
  • Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific genres of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.

    Employment requirements

    • Musical training from a university or college or through private instruction is usually required.
    • Members of orchestras and other professional classical musicians and singers usually require a university degree in music.
    • Musical talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
    • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.