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Roles and responsibilities in music

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Bethany May Ellis

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Roles and responsibilities
in an ensemble

What do YOU think the
role of a musician is?

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But that isn't everything!
There are lots of
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roles and tasks of
musicians that aren't taught
and make a difference.
To some extent- as
history, culture, politics,
and the way of life has changed-
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music and the role of the musician.
Think about what our society now focuses on:

-Technology
-It is ingrained in every career and everyday life. It is essential to be able to cope in society
(tv, ipads, iphones, bills online...). Music is created by computers and not peoples voices any more.
BTEC - Band
Roles
African Drumming
Roles
Classical Orchestra
Roles
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2012
Musicians have many roles and responsibilities that don't just include performing.
The musicians have to prepare for performing and a lot is involved in that process. Different people have different roles and responsibilities for different groups.
So everyone has a different role and responsibility which i will explain in the next slides.
These are the bands that I have looked at
Rhys G - Lead guitar/vocalist

Rhys N - Pianist

Heather F - Drummer/vocalist
Penny A - Vocalist

Beth E - vocalist (Harmony)

Jimmy B - Bassist

Charlotte C - Double bass/Lead drummer
Orchestral Manager - Organize concerts

Oboe Player - Tuning the band

Conductor - Like the master drummer they keep everyone in time.

Leader - Plays main tune next to conductor.
Mumford and sons
Marcus Mumford - Lead singer and guitar

Winston Marshall - Banjo/ukelele

Ted Dwane - Double Bass

Ben Lovett - Piano/accordian
As you have seen in the videos the music over the years have changed.
At first musicians did everything set up, create the sound and song etc. Now singers just sing and everything is done by producers and electronic sounds. Nothing is done by the creator of the songs any more.
Some singers get people to write their songs for them, which i think has made music terrible as it is not sung with their hearts.
Roles
There is so much more in being a musician. Playing an instrument is only part of it, they all have responsibilities.
Responsibilities
Examples of some responsibilities.

Maintenance of instrument/availability
carrying spares equipment (such as leads, plectrums, etc.)
Attending rehearsals
Venue
Planning
Preparing
Practical considerations
Deadlines
Type of audience
Repertoire for ensemble
Personnel
Level of performer's ability
Examples of responsibilities
Scheduling
Rehearsal programmes
Technical requirements
Time scales
Delagating responsibilities
Scheduling
Scheduling is boring, but it is necessary to complete. If you do not everything you have planned to do may go wrong and nothing will get done. Many things could go very wrong if you do not schedule everything you do.
Rehearsal programmes
Rehearsal programmes are part of planning, but is one of the really important parts. It is important because if you create one you will know when not to make any plans, and you will not miss any rehearsals.
Practical considerations
While in your rehearsal you must consider what you are going to do. If you consider what you want to do then you will waste no time thinking about it. You must consider the time and space you are provided with.
Some roles are not just for the musicians.
part of everyday activities - everyone joins in clapping, singing and dancing to the music.

part of rites and ceremonies where it is performed by specialist master drummers and court musicians.

Master drummer - Tells everyone what to play and keeps everyone in time.
In african drumming music is not normally written down but passed on through oral tradition.
They play music not just to listen but because they want to play. We listen to music through ear/headphones but they play it live they enjoy not only listening to it they enjoy playing it too.
Technical requirements
You need the right technical equipment to create the sound that you want. If you are lucky enough to have a wide range of equipment available then use what you have, do not just use what you are comfortable with change up to make a new sound. This is an essential part of creating a good sound.
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This is the key to a successful group. Sharing the responsibilities keeps the group interested and engaged and not having one person do everything the rest can get bored easily. It also increase the chance of getting things done quicker than if on e person completed all the work, this then leaves time for more playing and creating.
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These are not only important stage of deadlines but also your deadlines too. If you can create a time scale creating deadlines will be very easy. Also if you take BTEC - music than this is an important part of your coursework.
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Preparing is another part of planning as if you do not prepare your planning will be a waste of time. Preparing is part of performing too, as it gets you ready for whats going to happen. So it is a very important part of planning.
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Finding an appropriate venue to play is hard and important. The venue must have the right acoustics for the songs you are playing. Also you must have the right amount of space for not only you, but your equipment too. So choosing a suitable venue for your band can be very hard when considering all of the variables.
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Type of audience is the most important factor to consider not only choosing venue but songs too. When playing a modern song it will affect who turns up at your concert. So when you finally do a performance you need to consider who you are playing to and where you are playing.
Every musician had a role and responsibility.
And now..............What do they have? Every musician/famous sing all want the same thing fame and money. No-one wants to just be able to create music anymore.
This is not always true when it comes to religious festivals and people who live in a remote area where technology is rare. The africans when playing the drums play just because they can and want to.
This presentation has shown me how important some people's roles and responsibilities affect the group and their performance.
In conclusion any musician has a role and responsibility even if that has changed over time, we will always have a responsibility to music.
Thank you for taking the time to read this as it means a lot to those who have these roles and are not fully appreciated. Also never think that creating music is as easy as learning to speak or write it takes time responsibility and effort.
Comparisons
The conductor and the master drummer are very similar but the conductor does not tell what the players to play unlike the master drummer. They both keep each instrument in time with the music and when to play.
Each player has the same job when playing as they read the notes, but they play different notes and instruments.
Each player has the same responsibilities (e.g. attend rehearsals.), but also have their own responsibilities . Also the lead singer is similar to the master drummer as they both kinda lead the group and with the singer they can also signal to people when to play and what to play.
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