Reply To: Beginning band method for small ensemble
When I taught in a situation similar to yours I used Standard of Excellence in addition to the “Bach and Before” series by David Newell.
Just so you can compare each student had 2 small group 20 minute lessons a week. The 1st year students started in December with large ensemble rehearsals once a week for 30 minutes and the second year group received two 30 minute large ensemble rehearsals a week. All large ensemble rehearsals were in addition to the lessons and when I say large ensemble rehearsals I am talking groups just about 5 people larger than what you have posted above.
Hope that helps.