Composer

What does a Composer do?

The COMPOSER creates all the original music in a production, from short incidental music for specific scenes to an entire score for a musical.

Skills

Ability to read and write music | Transcription | Understanding of music theory | Collaboration

Pathways

Degree in music composition and/or theory | Training | Assisting | Music Direction | Learning to play instruments

How to become a Composer

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in music composition, as well as opportunities to showcase devised or student-made work. Broadway composers often begin as musicians themselves, transitioning to the composer role as they gain experience working with other musicians, writers, and performers. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, festival showcases, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

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