Band directors are in charge of the musical programs for schools, colleges or professional organizations. They are musicians in their own right who enjoy passing their love of music on to others.
The director keeps the players on tempo and helps guide them in expressing the music properly. He is in charge of all rehearsals and must pass on his musical knowledge and expertise to all players.
Directors must have the patience, tenacity and expressive personality to be an effective music teacher, along with a great ear for proper tone and correct playing of a musical piece.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music education is needed, with further education required for higher positions. Extensive knowledge on how to play various musical instruments and music history is essential.
There are many career possibilities. A director can lead elementary, middle or high school bands, college bands or nationally renowned symphonies, orchestras and other professional bands.
As of 2014, music teachers made an average of $48,000, according to job website SimplyHired. Pay increases for college and professional organization band directors, sometimes substantially. For example, the Boston Globe reported in July 2006 that the Boston Symphony Orchestra director earned nearly $3.5 the previous year, including from his role for the New York Metropolitan Opera.
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