A musician is a person who composes, conducts, or performs music. A songwriter is also considered a musician who composes music as well as writes lyrics for songs. Whereas, composer is a term used typically for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring. A person who plays a musical instrument is known as an instrumentalist. A person who is able to play a number of instruments is called a multi-instrumentalist. A music performer is generally either a singer or an instrumentalist. A musician may perform on their own or as part of a group, band or orchestra.
Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles depending on cultures and background.