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Music Arranger Job Description

Summary

Responsible for composing and transcribing musical scores and using music theory to create tonal structures such as harmonies and melodies.

Primary responsibilities

  • Arrange music composed by others.
  • Compose original music for use in operas, theater, or symphonies.
  • Incorporate rhythm, temp, tone, and harmony to balance piece.
  • Adapt musical composition for orchestra, band, choral group, or individual.
  • Transcribe musical parts from score created by arranger or orchestrator.
  • Rewrite original music scores for modern times.
  • Transcribe ideas for musical compositions into musical notation.
  • Meet with directors and producers to synthesize ideas.
  • Copy parts from scores and delegate to performers.
  • Direct musicians during rehearsals.
  • Transcribe music from one voice or instrument to another.
  • Utilize different sounds such as keyboards or synthesizers to create desired effect.
  • Read over scripts to imagine how scores would fit within the scenes.
  • Organize, direct, and supervise band or orchestra.
  • Manage all musical projects.
  • Teach vocals to singers.
  • Assist artistic director and creative team.
  • Use computer software to make revisions to musical composition.

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