Musicians and Singers

(NOC 5133)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

This group includes musicians, singers and teachers of vocal and instrumental music. Musicians and singers interpret music using their knowledge of voice production, musicianship, melody, and harmony. They perform with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios. Music teachers teach technique, interpretation, and music theory to students through private or group lessons. Music teachers teach in conservatories, academies and private homes.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 90 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 800. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Musicians and Singers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 24% of Musicians and Singers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $23,297. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$731

Minimum

$9,283

Median

$44,441

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes musicians, singers and teachers of vocal and instrumental music. Musicians and singers interpret music using their knowledge of voice production, musicianship, melody, and harmony. They perform with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios. Music teachers teach technique, interpretation, and music theory to students through private or group lessons. Music teachers teach in conservatories, academies and private homes.

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Musicians play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes.
  • Singers sing musical arrangements as soloists or as members of vocal groups before audiences or for recording purposes.
  • Teachers of music or voice teach technique, interpretation and music theory to students through private or group lessons. // Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific types of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.

Sample job titles

  • accompanist
  • church organist
  • music teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons
  • musician
  • piano teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons
  • recording artist
  • session musician
  • singer
  • street musician
  • voice teacher - private, conservatory or studio lessons

Skills

To work as a professional singer or musician, you should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others and performing before an audience. Self-discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job requirements

  • Musical training from a university or college or through private instruction is usually required.
  • Members of orchestras and other professional classical musicians and singers usually require a university degree in music.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the job or type of performance may be required.

Other considerations

Musical talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.

By the numbers

Quick look

830

employed in 2016

43.8%

employed full-time

63.9%

self employed

46.9%
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53.1%
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46.7

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

63.6%

Halifax

11.5%

Southern

10.0%

Northern

8.1%

Cape Breton

6.7%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

43.4%

Educational Services

41.6%

Information, Culture & Recreation

5.4%

Public Administration

4.8%

Other Services

1.2%

Health Care and Social Assistance

What is the age of Employment?

24.0%

15-24

20.2%

25-34

18.3%

55-64

17.3%

35-44

10.6%

45-54

8.7%

65+

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

36.7%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
27.2%

High school

N/A
13.0%

Doctorate

N/A
12.4%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
5.3%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Jazz/jazz studies

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of jazz. These programs include courses in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Music - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. These programs include courses in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Music management and merchandising

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to organize and manage music organizations, operations, facilities, and personnel. These programs include courses in business and financial management; marketing and fundraising; personnel management and labour relations; event promotion and management; music products merchandising; artist agency and promotion; music law; and applications to specific activities such as managing theatres, recording studios and companies, bands and other ensembles, individual artists, and music organizations.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Musicology and ethnomusicology

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of the forms and methods of music art, and the functions of music, in Western and non-Western societies and cultures. These programs include courses in music theory, musicological research methods, and studies of specific cultural styles such as jazz, folk music, rock, ethnic musical traditions, and the music of non-Western cultures.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Music Teacher

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association
6158 Lawrence Street
Halifax, NS B3L 1J6

Contacts

Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, NS B3L 1K7
Tel: (902) 423-6995
Fax: (902) 423-6029
Music Nova Scotia
2169 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B5
Tel: (902) 423-6271
Fax: (902) 423-8841
Atlantic Federation of Musicians
16 BALCOMES DRIVE
Halifax, NS B3N 1H9
Tel: (866) 240-4809
Fax: (902) 479-1312
Symphony Nova Scotia Society
Park Lane, Suite 301, Box 218 5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Tel: (902) 421-1300
Fax: (902) 422-1209
Nova Scotia Choral Federation
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (888) 672-3969
Fax: (902) 422-0881
Nova Scotia Tourism Talent
2089 Maitland Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2Z8
Tel: (800) 948-4267
Fax: (902) 422-0184

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.