A musician is an instrumentalist, singer or composer who creates and/or performs music. This can be recorded in a studio or performed live, either as a soloist or in a group of musicians. It may involve working as a salaried member of a group or could be in the form of freelance work for several organisations.
Musicians usually specialise in a particular type of music although many now branch out into different genres and work in more than one area of the profession. This is called a portfolio career. The job requires high levels of skill, expertise and dedication, especially since competition to work in this field is high. Most musicians do their job as they have a passion for music and a strong desire to perform.
Many of a musician's activities will be similar regardless of the specific field or genre they work in. However, there will be variations between someone who is a full-time member of an orchestra and someone who works freelance in another field such as jazz or rock.
General tasks for all musicians can include:
Many musicians also work in a related area such as the arts, or teach in order to support their career as a performer.
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