How to Become an Instrumental Musician

Instrumental Musician Job Description

Instrumental musicians play musical instruments as soloists, with bands, with orchestras or with small ensembles. Instrumental musicians play their instruments in a variety of settings such as live performances, in a recording studio or in workshop situations.



Instrumental Musician Job Duties

  • Provide musical background for theatre and other performances
  • Play musical instrument with bands, orchestras, small ensemble and other groups
  • Read and interpret sheet music quickly and accurately during rehearsal
  • May improvise while playing instrument
  • Continually learn new pieces to expand repertoire
  • Work with other musicians to perform a musical piece
  • May take direction from a director or conductor
  • May confer with manager for contract negotiation purposes
  • May be required to book own shows and performances


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