Music Director/Conductor

Career Overview

A music director/conductor is responsible for leading orchestras or other musical groups during practices, performances, and recordings.


A master’s degree in music theory, music composition, or a related field may be necessary to obtain this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,640 /yr
$49,630 /yr
$112,820 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Music
  • Learn to play the piano!
Work Environment

Music directors typically work for performing arts companies, schools, and churches.

Future Outlook

Because of the small number of positions and the large number of people who would like these positions, there will likely be a lot of competition for these positions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada