Youtube clip of a Musical Arranger at work
What is a Musical Arranger?
The world of music offers a host of careers. Why not look at becoming a Musical Arranger.
Musical Arrangers write, arrange or create new music for bands, orchestras, singers, plays or films.
To begin a career in musical arranging, a person should have a strong musical background – knowing how to read and write music is a definite requirement.
For those arranging music for orchestras and bands, knowing how to play more than one instrument is necessary.
When working from an original piece of music, a Musical Arranger will add vocals, instrumentation, other melodies, and re-arranging parts like a DJ mashing different songs together.
Arrangers will also alter the original piece to achieve desired harmonization, tempo, and melodies.
What does a Musical Arranger do?
- listens to tracks of different styles and genres
- composes music scores (written music compositions)
- adapts music for bands, orchestras, or singers to a different style than the original music
- experiments with different sounds, songs, and tempos
Are you … ?
- musically inclined?
- passionate about making music?
- a terrific listener?
- someone who plays an instrument or two or three?
- a leader?
- able to work one-on-one and with large groups of people?
How do I become a Musical Arranger?
Here are a few ideas:
Offers a 3 year programme for Bachelor of Musicology
- UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
UCT South African College of Music offers Bachelor of Music (Composition)
- UNIVERSITY OF KWA-ZULU NATAL
Offers Bachelor of Music (Composition)
- UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
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Is becoming a Musical Arranger the right career choice for me?