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The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz, film, television, and most other complex western musical genres. Since a large number of composers are proficient pianists - and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay - the piano is often used as a tool for composition.

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Music Directors and Composers
Wage: $46,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 12.9%
Self Employed: 44.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Employed Part Time: 37.0%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Wage: $34,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 2.8%
Self Employed: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Employed Part Time: 10.1%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training