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Music Composers and Arrangers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Music composers and arrangers work indoors in theaters concert halls and at dances and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts.  They also travel regularly.

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Music composers and arrangers write and transcribe musical scores. They adapt music into customized musical arrangements and create original music for various musical ensembles. Knowledge of music theory, transpositions, capabilities of instruments, and the ability to arrange and compose music using industry standard software are mandatory.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training.  Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service music training is given to new band members. Music composers and arrangers in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals individual practice and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Music theory
  • Group instrumental techniques
  • Individual instrumental fundamentals
  • Sight-reading musical scores
  • Dance band techniques
  • Percussion techniques

Helpful Attributes

  • Knowledge of multiple musical instruments
  • Creativity and originality
  • Poise when performing in public