The RCCO maintains a table of recommended salaries based on educational qualifications and experience, and the number of hours per week required to fulfil the expected duties. In many traditions, choir rehearsal and Sunday worship are the main activities of the Church Musician. Whether the musician is responsible for instrumental music (organ, handbells, band, etc.), choir music or both, much of the church musician’s work is ‘behind the scenes.’ These duties typically include selecting and planning appropriate music for services, practising music, participating in meetings, maintaining a choir/instrument library, arranging music for various instrumental groups, and contacting choir members. There are other activities beyond such practical matters related to music preparation and actual service time. These include the Church Musician's continuing education and spiritual nurture. The hours of work in the salary table reflect a total time commitment for the above responsibilities.
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