Posted by dougbutchy on April 5, 2011
Today, I had a chance opportunity to play some clarinet duets with one of my students. We had a great time, and I was reminded of how much playing duets with friends in college improved my playing individually. This experience also reminded me that giving students the opportunity to perform in chamber ensembles can greatly improve their musicianship.
So, I started thinking about what kinds of chamber ensembles I could have – Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, etc. But then came the next obvious question – How do I incorporate all of these groups into my already busy schedule? I could ask for them to be added as classes, but I am aware that students have a tough time scheduling everything they want to take as it is. We already have marching band, jazz band, and pep band after school.
So, I’m looking for ideas from you all – Do you incorporate small ensembles, and how do you do it? I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say!