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Music Directors

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

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Work Environment

Music directors usually work in offices and band halls. They may work outdoors when conducting or practicing for parades.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $51,242 - $194,005


Military music directors direct and conduct instrumental and vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, or choirs. They ensure that musicians play with one coherent sound, balancing the melody, timing, rhythm, and volume. They usually work in offices and band halls, but may work outdoors when conducting or practicing for parades.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Military music directors come to the job with knowledge of organization mission and capabilities of military bands as well as a mastery of music theory. Job training for music directors primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Band arranging and conducting
  • Concert and marching band styles and techniques
  • Band administration and management

Helpful Attributes

  • Appreciation for many types of music, including marches, classics, pop, and jazz
  • Interest in music theory
  • Interest in planning and organizing the work of others

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