Working as a musical ensemble (BTEC Firsts Unit 6)
Four tasks on the musical interpretation of pieces based around solo character songs from The Wizard of Oz.
Working as a Musical Ensemble is a popular unit in the Edexcel BTEC Music syllabus. This scheme focuses on students learning the ‘musical interpretation of pieces’. For this purpose I have chosen the three solo character songs from The Wizard of Oz, as they have additional chorus parts and therefore allow for groups to define their own roles within the ensemble (solo or chorus) according to their ability and ambition.
Of course, by choosing these songs as the stimuli, the brief can also be submitted for the Musical Theatre unit of the Performing Arts syllabus, under the heading ‘interpreting lyrics, mood, the character of the music’, as music teachers are so often called upon to fulfil their share of the BTEC in Performing Arts.