Arrangers are sometimes known as composers, music composers, music conductors, music directors, musicians or lyricists. Composers create original music including symphonies operas sonatas television jingles film scores and popular songs. Arrangers are more likely to adapt musical compositions for specific purposes such as choral group presentations or symphonies. Composers and arrangers may create and edit music on actual instruments or transcribe the notes with pen and paper. However some use computer software to synthesize and edit their pieces. They apply the elements of music theory to guide musicians during rehearsals performances and recording sessions.
With regard to education and training most arrangers hold a bachelors degree with courses in music theory and interpretation composition conducting and performance in a specific instrument or voice. They need additional work experience and training to advance in their careers.
Arrangers work in religious civic and professional arts settings. They may work for performing arts organizations orchestras opera companies ballet troupes musical theatre companies or the movie or video industry.Broad knowledge about musical styles and types increases employment opportunities. Many are employed part time and about half are self-employed. The majority of jobs are in urban areas known for entertainment and recording activities.
Employment for arrangers is expected to grow at an average rate and salaries range widely from a high of $111000 to less than $16000.