The Virtual Ensemble Project! Free music & materials for your class!

Through a grant awarded to CMEA, Hartt and SUNY Fredonia composition students used primary sources and music from The Library of Congress to create approximately 30 musical arrangements from the public domain, with a few arrangements also being created with permission of the copyright holder. Not only will this music be a welcome aid to music educators for the start of the 2021 year (and beyond), as they will be able to freely use this material online, but this collection will also make a nice contribution to diversity in music education with the addition of arrangements of Amy Beach, Gena Branscombe, Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Ada Habershon, and Pauline Russell Browne. There are some wonderful arrangements in this collection by other composers, lesser-known, such as O.F. Berdan and A. Brand as well. Folk songs, Chopin and Sousa marches are also among the arrangements, with many of Sousa’s original scores being a part of The Library of Congress. The pandemic may have caused the biggest challenge to music education in our lifetimes, but the arrangements created by the Hartt and SUNY Fredonia students are wonderful and the future is bright with these students as our future composers!

Sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University 



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