Middle School Chamber Music

        If you are interested in performing in an ensemble, follow the guide below:

Step One

Form the Ensemble (how many people and of what instrumentation)

      Here are some tips for this process:

  • Smaller ensembles are easier to manage, such as duos (2) and trios (3).

    • More advanced students could form ensembles up to a quintet (5).

  • Like-instruments work well together.

    • such as tuba/euph. , tuba/trombone, euph./horn, etc.  ​

    • Examples of standard ensembles would be:

      • Tuba/Tuba or Tuba/Euph Duo​

      • Tuba/Euph Quartet 

      • Brass Quintet (2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba)

Step two

Pick your Piece/Musical Style (what type of music the group would like to perform)

Depending on your ensemble type, the range of music out there varies.

  • Like instrumentation or standard ensembles will be easier to find preexisting music for.

    • I will work with each group to help you find music that fits your ensemble and style. 

  • If we can't find a preexisting piece for your ensemble, I can arrange a piece for you. 

    • (given enough prep-time). 

Step Three

Plan Regular Rehearsal Times (mutually convenient time(s) to practice together)

 

Performing in an ensemble is as much about knowing your partner's music as you do your own.  Here are a couple of things you can do to get the most out of your rehearsals: 

  • Come prepared to perform your part. 

    • Just as you are trying to learn everyone else's part, so too should your partners. 

    • You can make this easier by best representing your part well. 

  • Listen to recordings (preferable with a score or all parts). 

    • If you have an idea what the piece sounds like, ​it's easier to coordinate its performance.

  • Be kind and helpful.

    • The best ensembles don't just play well, but enjoying playing with each other. ​

    • If you or another ensemble member show up unprepared, be kind; be helpful. ​​