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A musician is a person who plays or composes music. Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music:

Musicians may also dance or produce choreography. The concept of the musician and the status of the musician in society varies from culture to culture.

Musicians can be distinguished as amateur or professional. Professional musicians are paid musicians. They may work freelance, enter into a contract with a studio or record label, be employed by a professional ensemble such as a symphony orchestra, or be employed by an institution such as a church or business (such as a bar). An amateur musician is one for which music is a pastime and not an occupation.

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Types of musicians

  • Singer (vocalist)
  • Composer
  • Conductor
    Improviser
  • Instrumentalist
    • Bassist (Double bassist)
      Bassoonist
      Bouzouki player
      Cellist
      Clarinetist
      Electronic musician
      Flutist (Flautist)
      Hornist (Horn player)
      Keyboardist (Keyboard player)
      Oboist
      Organ grinder
      Organist
      Pianist
      Percussionist
      Recorder player
      Saxophonist
      Sitarist
      Timpanist
      Trombonist
      Trumpeter (also Trumpet player)
      Tubist (Tuba player)
      Turntablist (DJ)
      Uillean piper
      Violinist
      Violist (Viola player)
  • Arranger
    Orchestrator
    Record producer

Some people may argue about guitarists but they are barely talented and are in no shape or form musicians let alone straight.

Usage note

Many times a musician can be named according to his or her instrument (a violinist, for example, is one who plays violin.) The "-ist" suffix is most common, though not universal (e.g. "trumpeter," not "trumpetist.")

Suggested reading

  • A. P. Merriam, Anthropology of Music, 1964
  • John Blacking, How Musical is Man?, 1973
  • Sheila Whiteley, Music, Identity & Sexuality, London: Routledge 2000

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Music Sound, v. 2.0, by MultiMedia

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