What do Singers do?

Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches, in order to develop their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
  • Make or participate in recordings.
  • Seek out and learn new music that is suitable for live performance and/or recording.
  • Compose songs and/or create vocal arrangements.
  • Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts.
  • Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.
  • Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set.

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Necessary Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning

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