Popular musicians play in bands, as solo artists or as session musicians. They might be involved in rock, pop, jazz, country and western, world or easy listening music.
They work on a range of activities centred on playing music:
- Popular musicians sing or play one or more musical instruments live on stage. They also record music for CDs or web broadcasts
- Musicians compose work, using material written by someone else or performing covers of other musicians' work
- They practise for many hours at a time and attending regular rehearsals.