Vocalists, Choral Singers
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A singing career take hard work and dedication and a confidence to perform for others. Musicians and singers usually gravitate toward a particular type of music, such as country, rock, pop, classical, rhythm and blues or reggae. Instruments range from voice to oboe, drums and violin.
A singer uses one or more vocal ranges, such as alto, soprano, baritone or bass in certain music styles. Singers might find employment as back-up performers for bands, jingle singers, cruise ship singers, nightclub entertainers or even vocal teachers. Most singers free-lance their skills, working contractually with recording labels, nightclubs or tour venues.
Tasks:1. Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions
2. Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group
3. Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions
4. Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest
5. Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches, in order to develop their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles
6. Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment
7. Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation
8. Make or participate in recordings
9. Seek out and learn new music that is suitable for live performance and/or recording.
10. Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts
11. Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles
12. Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set
Key skills for Vocalists, Choral Singers:
- Need to be able to sing
- Communication and interpersonal skills
Average Salary (2013):United Kingdom: £25 per hour
United States of America: $29.92 per hour
Australia: AU$50 per hour
Note: Salaries vary enormously depending on whether a singer is working freelance or as part of an orchestra.
Qualifications and training required:There are no educational requirements to become a singer; however, enrolling in a bachelor's degree program will provide individuals with professional training in the field. In addition to having the talent to sing and perform, singers will also need to market themselves and look for work opportunities.
Bachelor's degree programs in music with a vocal emphasis can help singers develop their voices in a variety of performance atmospheres. These programs emphasize various aspects of the craft, including theory, performance and history. Though a degree in music isn't required for a professional singing career for popular music, the knowledge it imparts can be of great use to aspiring musicians.