- Plural of musician
A musician is a person who plays or writes music. Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music:
- An instrumentalist plays a musical instrument.
- A singer (or vocalist) uses his/her voice as her instrument.
- Composers, arrangers and songwriters memorize and orally teach, or record their compositions in the form of traditional notation or audio recording.
- A conductor leads a musical ensemble. A conductor can simultaneously act as an instrumentalist in the ensemble.
A musician can be self-taught, or learned by formal education in a conservatory or by a private instructor or a guru.
Musicians can be amateur or professional. The meaning of these terms is, however, somewhat diffuse. Musicians' have individual levels of activity and ambition in music, which often makes music both a hobby and a profession. Many professional musicians define the core of their musicianship as a state of "being married" to music, which suggests an active and progressive relationship even and especially after finishing formal education.
A professional musician is, however, usually defined as one who is paid to perform, compose or act in any other productive manner related to music, and whose main source of income is this activity. 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 big band, or by an institution such as a church or business (such as a jazz club or a bar). A musician who earns money by selling sound recordings is called a recording artist.
In contrary to common belief, professional and amateur musicians are not opposite definitions, and neither contains a description of ability, qualification or appeal.
The concept and the status of the musician in society varies widely, depending on cultural factors.
musicians in Arabic: موسيقى
musicians in Asturian: Músicu
musicians in Bulgarian: Музикант
musicians in Czech: Hudebník
musicians in Welsh: Cerddor
musicians in Danish: Musiker
musicians in German: Musiker
musicians in Estonian: Muusik
musicians in Spanish: Músico
musicians in Esperanto: Muzikisto
musicians in French: Musicien
musicians in Irish: Ceoltóir
musicians in Korean: 음악가
musicians in Hindi: संगीतकार
musicians in Indonesian: Musikus
musicians in Icelandic: Tónlistarmaður
musicians in Italian: Musicista
musicians in Hebrew: מוזיקאי
musicians in Georgian: მუსიკოსი
musicians in Latin: Musicus
musicians in Latvian: Mūziķis
musicians in Lithuanian: Muzikantasnah:Cuīcatiani
musicians in Dutch: Muzikant
musicians in Dutch Low Saxon: Mezikaant
musicians in Japanese: 音楽家
musicians in Norwegian: Musiker
musicians in Norwegian Nynorsk: Musikar
musicians in Occitan (post 1500): Musician
musicians in Uzbek: Musiqachi
musicians in Polish: Muzyk
musicians in Portuguese: Músico
musicians in Russian: Музыкант
musicians in Sicilian: Musicisti cèlibbri
musicians in Simple English: Musician
musicians in Slovak: Hudobník
musicians in Slovenian: Glasbenik
musicians in Finnish: Muusikko
musicians in Swedish: Musiker
musicians in Ukrainian: Музикант
musicians in Yiddish: מוזיקער
musicians in Chinese: 音乐家