Job Profile:      Accompanist

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

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Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment. Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest. Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group. Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation. Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands. Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals. Play from memory or by following scores.
Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles. Listen to recordings to master pieces or to maintain and improve skills. Teach music for specific instruments.
Provide the musical background for live shows, such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets. Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups. Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
Make or participate in recordings in music studios. Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities. Make or participate in recordings.
Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set. Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles. Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.
Direct bands or orchestras. Compose songs or create vocal arrangements. Arrange and edit music to fit style and purpose.
Improvise music during performances. Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts. Compose original music, such as popular songs, symphonies, or sonatas.
Perform in television, radio, or movie productions. Practice performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music or to maintain and improve skills.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Acoustic guitars Alto horns Alto saxophones
Amplifiers Audio equalizers Autoharps
Bagpipes Banjoes Baritone horns
Bassoons Bb clarinets Bongo drums
Bugles Capos Cellos
Clavichords Clip-on microphones Compact disk CD players
Compact disk CD trainers Cymbal stands Digital tuners
Double basses Drum mallets Dulcimers
Effects pedals Effects racks Electronic metronomes
English horns Euphoniums Finger picks
French horns Guitar stands Handbells
Harps Harpsichords In-ear monitors IEM
Instrument mutes Instrument tuning forks Karaoke machines
Kettle drums Laptop computers Live microphones
Loudspeaker systems Mandolins Maracas
Marching bells Marimbas Mellophones
Microphone stands Monitor microphones MP3 trainers
Musical cornets Musical flutes Musical organs
Oboes Orchestral cymbals Personal computers
Pianos Piccolos Sheet music stands
Sound mixers Sousaphones String cutters
String winders Stringed instrument bows Studio microphones
Synthesizers Tablet computers Timpani
Trombones Trumpets Tubas
Universal serial bus USB microphones Vibraphones Violas
Violins Vocal processors Wireless microphones
Wooden drum sticks Xylophones

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