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Chamber Music

  • Essential Works for Chamber Groups

    Mike Lawson | March 6, 2011

    Originally, chamber music referred to a type of classical music that was performed in a small space such as a house or a palace room, and typically featured smaller ensembles that played without a conductor. Today, chamber music is performed very similarly in terms of both venue and instrumentation. A chamber orchestra is usually composed of 40 or fewer musicians and because of the limited number of instruments in the group, each instrument plays an equally important role. Generally speaking, chamber music is performed by only one player per part.

    The following chamber music pieces should be a part of every string teacher's repertoire and library.

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  • UPFRONT: THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MUSICAL

    Mike Lawson | March 1, 2002What do “The Music Man,” “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma!,” “Kiss Me, Kate” and “My Fair Lady” have in common? All these musicals and dozens of others are cherished classics of American popular culture and American musical theater. While musicals are often considered entertainment, with careful planning they can be powerful educational […] Read More...
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