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What is it like to be a Musician?

Musicians are artists who are skilled in performing, writing, arranging and orchestrating musical pieces. They can specialise in a range of performance areas such as singing, piano, guitar, percussion and strings along with many others.

Musicians work in a variety of settings including solo performers, orchestras, education, music studios, bands and as well as private music tutors.

Musicians may also choose to undertake additional education and training to become a secondary school music teacher.

For more information about a career as a Musician, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment Level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Musicians need to use their memorisation skills and perform at peak level confidently. You will be musically savvy and will be driven by your passion for all things musical.

  • Musical skills
  • Stamina to perform at peak level
  • Self-confidence
  • Motivation
  • Dedication and determination
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to concentrate for long periods
  • Mastery of one or more styles of music such as classical, jazz or pop
  • Flair for entertainment.

To become a Musician

To be able to become a Musician, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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