Reply To: Beginning Band Chamber Music
I agree with jkeider- it is fantastic that you are implementing chamber music into your program! Chamber music allows students the chance to shine as a the only person on their part, without the anxiety of being an individual soloist. It is a stepping stone for students, allowing them to go from playing in a large ensemble to becoming an individual soloist. I would encourage students to play at Solo and Ensemble, at school concerts, and within the community.
I would also recommend online music, as it is free and convenient to get. Another website I use for sheet music for ensemble is http://www.freegigmusic.com/. You could also encourage your older students to arrange their own music! Have music theory students arrange chamber music and have younger students perform. Your older students can compose/arrange music on the site http://www.noteflight.com for free. There are also several arrangements and compositions already available on this website.
Best of luck with your chamber groups!