Chamber Music Ensembles
WHAT ARE THE CMEs?
Chamber ensembles, or “chamber groups” is a fancy term for a small group of musicians playing music composed for a small space with a few players. The RBMS ensembles combine students of similar interest and ability into small groups. They will have the year-long task of running their own rehearsals, choosing their own music, assigning their own parts, and performing their product.
WHY IS THIS SUCH A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE?
Students involved in a chamber group are part of a “project-based learning experience.” Rather than having a teacher micromanage a student’s every move, CMEs allow small groups of musicians to make their own decisions about their own education and musical experience. Playing music in small groups increases the rigor of performance and preparation. Because there are not several other people playing the same part, students will be responsible for “holding their own” when practicing with their group.
WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH WHAT OTHER PEOPLE IN MY GROUP DO?
While Mrs. Eastridge and Ms. Wight are there to help guide students in the right direction, it will be primarily up to the students to work through differences, discuss options, and find solutions. Disagreement is all part of the experience. The CMEs teach students how to work with other people who have different ideas. Life skills!
WILL MRS. EASTRIDGE AND MS. WIGHT STILL BE THERE TO HELP?
Of course! If anyone ever has questions or becomes frustrated, I am always available.
Throughout the year, we will bring in “coaches,” who are professional musicians. They will help our CMEs with everything from musical fundamentals to how to approach playing chamber music.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS A MEETING?
If you have to miss a meeting, you should contact Mrs. Eastridge or Ms. Wight and your chamber group ahead of time.