The Virtual Ensemble Project! A Work in Progress!

Band and Jazz (elementary-high school)

The Virtual Ensembles Project! Free music and materials for use in your class! (A work in progress) 

Materials being posted now through September, 2021, with the majority of materials being available in July 2021! 

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

Hartt and SUNY Fredonia composition students are presently participating in a grant that has been awarded to the Connecticut Music Educators Association and is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University!  As you are aware, music education has been impacted by the pandemic. Schools that are open for students to attend music programs and ensembles are typically unable to rehearse properly due to the 6 foot distance requirement. Other performance restrictions, such as, cohorting, school schedules, and audience size. Technology, copyrighting, and a lack of available materials for  teachers have made the creation of virtual ensembles, difficult to execute. 

Hartt and SUNY Fredonia students are presently using primary sources from The Library of Congress to create approximately 30 musical arrangements from the public domain and from composers with permission, which will be copyright free for K-12 teachers to use with their students. The students are also using the Library’s materials to provide historical information about their arrangement. Teachers are encouraged to use the inquiry guided search protocol with their ensembles when teaching the material. 

The arrangements, accompanying information, and links to the Library of Congress archives are being posted to the CMEA webpage as they are completed.  Approximately 30 arrangements, mostly flex arrangements, and accompanying information will be posted for teachers to use with their ensembles. Additionally, public domain music and information taken directly from the Library of Congress will be added with the majority of the material to be posted by July 2021 and completed by September, 2021. 

Information and materials on how to create virtual ensembles will also be posted. Materials will also be posted for composition teachers to use with their students on how to create arrangements. Check back as this webpage will be updated through September, 2021!