Tiered Chamber Music Repertoire

Edited: September 5, 2020, 7:45 PM · Hi everyone,

I run a music school in Boston and we serve approximately 100 families. I am thinking about developing a supplemental chamber music track for our students but the desire is to do it in such a way that the kids will not need to devote much practice time to the repertoire.

As a doctoral-trained violinist, this goes against the grain of years of my own experience, but there is a reason for this thought process - My goal is to give the kids, most of whom are not going on a professional track - the ability to quickly reap the benefits of playing together and learning how to make good ensemble.

I am looking for chamber music that is suitable for young kids (ages 6+) through high school, and that is arranged in various levels of difficulty.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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Edited: September 5, 2020, 8:14 PM · I think it's a good idea and you'll get a lot of good responses, I'm sure.

I have played this with my kids. (I played the piano parts).


For more advanced kids like Suzuki Book 6 there is a nice Trio-Album edited by Hans Sitt.

One place you should certainly look is Musescore. There are plenty of arrangements of show tunes and so on, as well as simplified arrangements of classical pieces. The above-linked edition is a collection of classical arrangements.

September 5, 2020, 8:58 PM · What's the relative skill of the violinists vs the violists and cellists?
September 7, 2020, 8:53 AM · Hi Lydia,

The general skill is on the low side. I'm looking for music that is sight-readable - generally 1st position.

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