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The Sims 3 Music Career Track

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Music Career Track in the Sims 3 The Sims 3's music career track jobs can be applied for at the theater in town. The music track has two branches that are chosen after promotion level 5. Sims can choose between rock and symphonic career branches. Both can hold autograph sessions at high job level to make extra money on the side. Hold these session during the day for maximum effect.

Both branches of the music career track require guitar. Sims who elect to take the composer path will require the logic skill at high levels.

The Sims 3 Music Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1FanMon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood
2RoadieMon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood
3Stage HandMon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members
4Band ManagerMon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members
Talent Scout
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members

The Sims 3 Rock Music Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
6LyricistMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members, performances
7Backup VocalistMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members, performances
8Lead GuitaristTue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members, performances
9Pop IconTue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Band Members, performances
10Rock StarHold Concert
in thousands
Guitar, Mood, performances

The Sims 3 Symphonic Music Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
6Quartet MemberMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Orchestra Members
7Orchestra MemberMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Orchestra Members
8Orchestra LeadMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Orchestra Members, Logic
9ConductorMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Orchestra Members, Logic
10Hit Movie ComposerMon, Tue, Fri, Sat
Guitar, Mood, Orchestra Members, Logic

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Music Career Track

Artistic will help with either branch in the music career track, through its boost to the guitar skill's learning rate.

The virtuoso trait will make your Sim better at guitar overall, and should boost performance in either of the career track's branches.

Since either branch requires relationships with your bandmates, the Schmoozer trait can come in handy to befriend them while your Sim is on the job. Good for rock stars or composers.

If you're going the composer route, consider taking this trait to make logic easier to learn. It's useless for rock stars, however. Keep in mind that your composer could be blindsided by the logic requirements that suddenly appear as a performance metric at level 8. It might be better to start raising this earlier, rather than later if you're going with that branch.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

Sims 3 Music Career Uniforms
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Roadie
Roadie Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform:
Stage Hand Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Music Talent Scout
Music Talent Scout Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Backup Vocalist
Backup Vocalist Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Lead Guitarist
Lead Guitarist Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Pop Icon
Pop Icon Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Rock Star
Rock Star Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Quartet Member
Quartet Member Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Orchestra Lead
Orchestra Lead Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Conductor
Conductor Uniform
The Sims 3 Music Career Uniform: Hit Movie Composer
Hit Movie Composer Uniform
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james says...
How do I change my career path. I'm pretty sure you cannot do this but if you can id appreciate help. I accidently chose the symphonic career path instead of the rock career path.
Go to our Cheats page. From there, look into testingcheats. You can change a Sim's job to any career, any level - so use that cheat and choose the first of the rock careers. Sorry if this answer comes too late to help you with that.
1st September 2013 5:45pm
Fury says...
My Pop Icon Sim makes currently $723/h.

It might be because she's also level 10 guitar player, virtuoso, and perfectionist, and a level 3 celebrity.

It was also way less when she just reached that career level, around $400/h, so I believe it evolves constantly, as they improve their skills and relationships.
5th June 2014 12:40pm
Maria says...
How do I change my career outfit again? I have forgotten now im stuck with a nu de sim going to work D:
Use a dresser to plan outfits and that should give you the ability. You'll need to do a bunch of deleting.
25th July 2013 4:50am
Peach says...
My level 10 musician just made $385 for a concert :/
Quite a way off from "varies in thousands"
14th March 2014 10:48pm
Jacob says...
Usually when I do a concert at the theater I get a few hundred bucks, but the thousands come from doing concerts at the stadium
27th June 2014 6:34pm
Mia says...
Rock music career uniforms... Basically, by succeeding in this career path, you become Slash - or is that just cuz the Sim Carl has used for the pics has a top hat and long hair? xD
It is partially a result of my Sim selection :)
23rd January 2014 10:04am
Amethystic says...
I have a sim who joined the music career, but she never goes to work. Whenever I try to get her to go, the icon pops up then disappears again. I've tried getting her to quit and re-join, but it still doesn't work. Help!!
25th November 2013 11:41am
Sekimoto says...
Is that true that if we master this career , we will have limo ?
Or where do we get limo ?
I really like that men .
2nd October 2013 8:00am
Cez says...
I assume I am waaaay to late to answer, but for future askers you can only get the limo by raising your celebrity level, I think to level 4.
9th August 2015 6:02am
Lyra says...
Has the music career been updated so that a sim can use the piano, bass, drums, and/or violin to advance?
I doubt the violin would be considered as it came from the store not an expansion.   On the forums, it has been said that you can use your piano/bass/drums skill but in the game it still says guitar.
5th June 2013 11:40am
Alexandra says...
How do i give performances?
16th June 2019 8:51am
Playalot says...
Once this unlocks you can then click on their work place and choose to hold a performance at certain times of the sim day.
17th June 2019 12:30am
Autumn says...
Okay so why on my job performance page is my coworkers listed as “foul” if I can’t interact with them myself at work and I have become best friends with my boss in my free time outside of work (which has fizzled into old friend now but I’m sure I’ll regain), I haven't figured out who any of my other co workers are
Use the interaction 'get to know co-workers' when your sim is at work. It is one of the At Work tones available to choose from once your sim is at their job.
21st October 2019 1:06pm
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