What does a singer do?
Singers read, interpret, and vocally perform a variety of musical styles using their knowledge of melody, rhythm, harmony, and voice production. They perform their own unique styles or sing character parts. They memorize musical routines or sing by following musical notation, detailed instructions, or printed text. They often spent a great deal of time rehearsing to perfect their performance. The range of their voice, such as soprano, contralto, bass, baritone, or tenor, often categorizes singers. Some singers perform on a stage in front of a live audience and others record for albums, television, and movies. Some use instruments such as pianos or guitars and other sing with an orchestra or band. Singers typically specialize in a specific type of music such as classical, jazz, pop, country, rock, ethnic, or blues.
What kind of training does a singer need?
Singers typically need a high level of natural talent along with professional training. Many singers start singing at a young age in school choirs or other vocal ensembles. Others take professional voice lessons. Many also complete formal postsecondary training in vocal performance, musical theater, or other related field. Prospective singers often complete courses in music theory, music interpretation, vocal performance, musical styles, and proper voice techniques. Many aspiring singers start on in local bands and audition for singing positions. Many singers create demo tapes to present to potential clients or employers. Singers often complete additional training throughout their careers to improve their skills and abilities.
What are the prospects for a career as a singer?
Employment of singers is expected to grow as fast as average for all professions, increasing 8% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing entertainment industry and new forms of media will drive job growth.
Job prospects should be good with strong competition. Singers with extensive experience and ability to sing in a variety of musical styles with have the best job opportunities. Some job openings will stem from the need to replace singers that leave the occupation.
How much do singers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for singers is $72,000; average annual singer salaries vary greatly on location, industry, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a singer is an excellent choice for individuals with a great voice and desire to entertain a variety of people. Singers must have a solid understanding of a wide range of musical styles and vocal abilities. Ambition, patience, poise, self-confidence, perseverance, and dedication are essential characteristics. Singers must have excellent stage presence and the ability to capture the attention of the audience. They must have self-discipline to be able to give high quality performances on a regular basis. They must also be flexible and be able to adapt to irregular performance schedules.