Community Music School of Webster University

  1. Diversity of Student Chamber Repertoire
  2. Student Process and Progress
  3. Enhancing Learning through Multiage Grouping
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Diversity of Student Chamber Repertoire

Felix Mendelssohn
[0:00] String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

I Allegro vivace

Christian Woehr
[1:22] B. Gypsy Suite

III. Bride in a Red Dress

Date: Mendelssohn-February 26, 2014; Woehr - May 6, 2012

Relevance: This sample shows the diversity of repertoire that program students experience in each of 3 concert cycles (rotations) per year. Students are re-grouped each rotation to experience different personnel, and experience the many varied chamber music configurations possible. Repertoire ranges from Baroque period performance to 21st century commissions, such as the Gypsy Suite. Commissioned for the Preparatory Program as a clarinet quintet in 2011, Bride in a Red Dress was adapted for solo viola and string quartet to feature a program violist who is an award winning composer. Students range from age 15-18.

Clip length: 3:11


Student Process and Progress

Maurice Ravel
[3:11] Quartet in F Major

I Allegro moderato. Très doux

Date: February 9-10, 2013

Relevance: Mentoring and coaching by Artist Teachers is the heart of the Preparatory Program. Here, PREP Artistic Director, Vera Parkin, coaches a group preparing to compete the next day at a national chamber music competition. The sample is indicative of the imagery, pedagogical experience and commitment carefully selected coaches offer students. The students were able to apply and act upon the coaches directives successfully before a live audience and jurors through careful grooming, inspirational teaching and consistent instruction. Chamber music is the ultimate vehicle for Student Centered Learning: peer mentoring, collaborative learning and working toward a common goal. Ages range from 14-18 years.

Clip length: 2:27


Enhancing Learning through Multiage Grouping

Michael Abels
[5:38] Delights and Dances for String Quartet
and String Orchestra

Date: November 16, 2013

Relevance: This innovative work for string quartet and string orchestra afforded an outstanding experience for Preparatory Program students to model pre-professionalism to younger students and for all students to interact with an up-and-coming string quartet in residence, the Altius Quartet. The work features 3 different student populations playing simultaneously with the quartet, with parts commensurate to the playing ability of each. Students from neighboring institutions participated, creating an opportunity for community engagement and arts diplomacy. Students ranged in age from 12-18 years.

Clip length: 3:08