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Composer Job Description

Composers create original music. They can work in many different genres, but some of the most common are jazz and classical. Composers use their musical knowledge and know-how to create compelling pieces of music for movies, TV shows, theatre productions, and even video games. Some composers also work as arrangers. This means that they take an existing piece of music and arrange it in a new way. That may involve changing which instruments play which parts of the melody. Arrangers can also supplement existing pieces of music with new melodies that are their own creations. Composers also lead orchestras, directing the ensemble and ensuring that they stay on beat and capture the correct sounds at the right times.

To become a composer requires special musical training. They need to have an excellent understanding of musical theory and composition, as well as be capable of playing multiple instruments at a high level.

Composer Job Description Template

We are searching for a talented composer to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for creating original pieces of music and rearranging existing pieces of music. You will also be responsible for managing ensembles and providing direction during rehearsal. You should be able to analyze scripts and create compelling musical arrangements to go with them.

To do well in this role, you will need to have an excellent understanding of musical theory. We value creativity, and you should be able to create music that conveys real emotion to an audience.

If you believe that you have what it takes to do well in this position, then we’d love to hear from you. Send us your resume to get started with the application process.

Composer Responsibilities:

  • Compose powerful original pieces of music
  • Rearrange existing musical pieces to breathe new life into them
  • Compose, record, and perform musical scores for theatrical productions, films, TV shows, and video games
  • Manage rehearsals and provide training to instrument players as needed
  • Collaborate with other creatives and incorporate their feedback into your work
  • Stay on top of the latest trends in the genre

Composer Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in musical theory, composition, or a related field
  • Previous experience with both composing original pieces and leading the performance of those pieces
  • Ability to create compelling rearrangements of existing pieces
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others

Composer FAQ

What tasks does a composer complete?

A composer’s main job is to create original pieces of music, though they often also rearrange existing musical pieces to make them feel new. Composers also lead performances of their scores and record them for TV shows, movies, and theatre productions.

What should I include in my composer help-wanted ads?

When creating your composer help-wanted ads, it’s important to lead with the information that you think will appeal the most to your applicants. We recommend that you do that in paragraph form, following the example that we’ve used above.

After that, you can get a bit more specific. Do so by creating two bulleted lists to provide interested parties with a closer look at the job’s responsibilities and requirements.

Can I use your composer job description template?

Absolutely! We have no problem with you using any of our job description templates however you want. Just make sure that you’re supplementing what we’ve written with some of the information about your job that makes it unique. Doing so is the best way to differentiate your help-wanted ads from the others that your candidates may also be considering.

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Composer

What is the best way to find and hire a Composer near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Composer applicants. Employers posting their Composer job on Indeed get about 16 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Composer applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Composer are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 11 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 16 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Composer positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Composer role?
SMS has 84% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Composer job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Composers are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 187% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Composer applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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