It's easy to think of composers as dead European guys who wore frock coats and knickerbockers and wrote music for royalty. Yet music composition is alive and well. From Stephen Sondheim to Quincy Jones to Yoko Ono, composers today represent every segment of society -- including teens. And the music written is just as varied, reflecting the bounty of musical styles our world has to offer.
Composers write music -- from classical to show tunes to rock. They create written compositions, called scores, to be performed by musicians and singers. The term "composer" includes singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan.
Composers used to write every note by hand, and some still do. But others use computer software designed especially for them.
Eager to express your creativity through music. If you sing or play an instrument, you'll have a built-in way to test out your musical ideas. And you'll need to be resourceful and versatile in order to support yourself financially while you pursue your ultimate goal.
Composers don't enter this line of work for the money, but for the love of creating music.