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A musician is a person who
composes
composes
,
conducts
conducts
, or performs music. According to the
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, "musician" is a general
term
term
used to designate one who follows music as a
profession A Profession is a disciplined group of individuals who adhere to ethical standards and who hold themselves out as, and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from r ...

profession
. Musicians include
songwriters Songwriting partners Rodgers and Hart working on a song in 1936 A songwriter is a musician A musician is a person who composes, conducts, or performs music. A musician who records and releases music is known as a recording artist. Accordi ...
who compose music as well as write
lyrics Lyrics are word In linguistics, a word of a spoken language can be defined as the smallest sequence of phonemes that can be uttered in isolation with semantic, objective or pragmatics, practical meaning (linguistics), meaning. In many lang ...
for songs,
conductors Conductor or conduction may refer to: Music * Conductor (music), a person who leads a musical ensemble like, for example, an orchestra. * Conductor (album), ''Conductor'' (album), an album by indie rock band The Comas * Conduction, a type of ...

conductors
who direct a musical performance, or
performers
performers
who perform for an audience. A music performer is generally either a singer who provides
vocals Singing is the act of producing music Music is the art of arranging sounds in time to produce a composition through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. It is one of the universal cultural Culture () is an umbrel ...

vocals
or an instrumentalist who plays a
musical instrument A musical instrument is a device created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can be considered a musical instrument—it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument. A person who play ...
. Musicians may perform on their own or as part of a group, band or orchestra. Musicians specialize in a musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles depending on cultures and background. A musician who
records A record, recording or records may refer to: An item or collection of data Computing * Record (computer science) In computer science Computer science deals with the theoretical foundations of information, algorithms and the architectures ...
and releases music can be known as a recording artist.


Types


Composer

A composer is a musician who creates
musical compositions Musical composition can refer to an original Originality is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus replica, reproductions, clones, forgery, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not receiv ...
. The title is principally used for those who write
classical music Classical music generally refers to the formal musical tradition of the Western world The Western world, also known as the West, refers to various s, s and , depending on the context, most often consisting of the majority of , , and ...

classical music
or
film music A film score is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental, or choral pieces called cue (theatrical), cues, which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the fi ...
. Those who write the music for popular songs may be called
songwriters Songwriting partners Rodgers and Hart working on a song in 1936 A songwriter is a musician A musician is a person who composes, conducts, or performs music. A musician who records and releases music is known as a recording artist. Accordi ...
(Those who mainly write the words for songs may be referred to as
lyricist A lyricist or lyrist is a songwriter Songwriting partners Rodgers and Hart working on a song in 1936 A songwriter is a musician A musician is a person who composes, conducts, or performs music. A musician who records and releases musi ...
s).


Conductor

A conductor directs a musical performance; conducting has been defined as "the art of directing the simultaneous performance of several players or singers by the use of gesture." The conductor stands on a raised podium and communicates with the musicians through hand gestures or eye contact.


Performer

Examples of performers include, but are not limited to, instrumentalists and singers who perform for an audience. A musician can perform as a
solo artist Image:Louis Armstrong restored.jpg, Trumpeter, bandleader and singer Louis Armstrong: as soloist. In music, a solo (from the it, solo, meaning ''alone'') is a musical composition, piece or a section (music), section of a piece played or sung featu ...
or as a part of an ensemble (e.g. an
orchestra An orchestra (; ) is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music Classical music generally refers to the formal musical tradition of the Western world The Western world, also known as the West, refers to various ...

orchestra
, a
choir A choir (; also known as a chorale or chorus) is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform. Choirs may perform music from the classical music repertoire, which spans ...

choir
or a pop group).


See also

* Health problems of musicians *
Lists of musicians This is a list of lists of musician A musician is a person who Composer, composes, Conducting, conducts, or Performing arts, performs music. According to the United States Employment Service, "musician" is a general Terminology, term used to desi ...
*
List of highest-certified music artists in the United States This is the list of the highest-certified music artists in the United States based on Music certification, certifications of albums and digital singles (but not physical singles) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA certifi ...
*
Record producer A record producer is a recording project's creative and technical leader, commanding studio time and coaching artists, and in popular genres typically creates the song's very sound and structure.Virgil Moorefield"Introduction" ''The Producer as ...


References


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Entertainment occupations Music production