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51122 – Musicians and singers

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. This unit group also includes music teachers who usually 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

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    • 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.

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.

Additional information

  • Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific genres of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
1 – Occupations usually require a university degree
Major group
51 – Professional occupations in art and culture
Sub-major group
511 – Professional occupations in art and culture
Minor group
5112 – Creative and performing artists
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