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What does a Music Composer do?

A Music Composer creates pieces of music to be performed by a musician or an instrumental group. You might be composing music for a special event, a particular production or a specific recording. Music Composers may specialise in a particular type of music or they might create pieces across all genres. You might be following direction about what type of music is required or you may be able to develop your own compositions.

Music Composers should be able to collaborate with musicians and production crews and need to be able to communicate plans for their musical pieces. You should have a strong understanding of the music genre you’re writing for and the musicians or singers who will be performing your compositions. Music Composers should be talented in their field and have an understanding of the recording or performing process.

Music Composer Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Music Composer.

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How much does a Music Composer earn?

In Australia, a full time Music Composer generally earns $1,400 per week ($72,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Music Composer?

Music Composers have experienced stable employment growth over the last five years. It is a profession that hires a small amount of people though and there are currently 310 people employed as a Music Composer in Australia. Music Composers may find work in all regions of Australia, particularly larger towns and cities.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Music Composer?

A Diploma of Music Industry is a great qualification if you’re thinking of becoming a Music Composer. This course will help you develop techniques for composing, arranging, recording, mixing and performing music. You could also consider an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry or a Certificate IV in Music Industry.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within music. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.