What does a Musician do?

A Musician in theatre is someone who is skilled at playing one or several musical instruments. Musicians can also read, compose, conduct, perform, orchestrate and arrange music in a variety of different styles. Musicians for theatre often work alongside a band or orchestra to provide live music for a production or performance.

You can also search for opportunities within music on The Stage Jobs here.

What are the main responsibilities of a Musician?

  • Read through and learn sheet music for a production 
  • Work alongside a band, ensemble, choir or orchestra to create a final piece
  • Attend rehearsals for a production as well as every live show

What qualifications do I need to be a Musician?

Musicians don’t need any formal qualifications, however they would complete years of training in one or several instruments to be suitable for a position within a band or orchestra. 

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What skills do I need to be a Musician?

  • Able to follow sheet music
  • Work alongside a team
  • Self promotion
  • The more instruments you play the more employable you are

What does a career in music look like?

Musicians can often work on a freelance basis and this requires you to keep a record of your previous work to show to future employers. You must be able to promote yourself to potential employers. Read our blog ‘How to be a freelancer in theatre’ for some tips on this. A show can involve anything from 1 to 25 musicians.

How much does a Musician earn?

The average salary for a musician can vary depending on experience and ability. However, the average salary is roughly £29K

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Published: 12 August 2019

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