Michele Schottenbauer Postmodern Composer and Music Educator

New Exercises for Learning Chamber Music

03.09.2014 Article

Learning chamber music is now easier than ever, with new exercises and repertoire!

The new series of technical studies by composer M. Schottenbauer, Learning Chamber Music, aims to teach the basic skills of chamber music in a series of programmed exercises. The exercises are available for a wide variety of common chamber music groups, including trios, quartets, and quintets.

The full list of current editions now includes:

Specific Instrumentation

  • Piano Trio (Violin, Cello, and Piano)
  • String Trio (Violin, Viola, Cello)
  • Flute Trio
  • Clarinet Trio
  • Woodwind Trio (Flute/Oboe, Clarinet, & Bassoon/Cello; also 2 Flutes/Oboes, & Bassoon/Cello)
  • Brass Trio (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone/Euphonium)
  • Mallet Percussion Trio

  • Piano Quartet (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano)
  • String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola, Cello)
  • Flute Quartet
  • Clarinet Quartet
  • Woodwind Quartet (Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon)
  • Brass Quartet (2 Trumpets, Trombone/Euphonium, Tuba)
  • Mallet Percussion Quartet

  • String Quintet (2 Violins, Viola, 2 Cellos)
  • Woodwind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Basoon)
  • Brass Quintet (2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba/Bass Trombone)
  • Piano Quintet (2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Piano)

Flexible Instrumentation

  • Piano Trio for Flexible Instrumentation
  • Trio for Flexible Instrumentation
  • Piano Quartet for Flexible Instrumentation
  • Quartet for Flexible Instrumentation
  • Quintet for Flexible Instrumentation
  • Piano Quintet for Flexible Instrumentation

Similar to the original edition of Learning Chamber Music (Piano Trio: Violin, Cello, and Piano), these new editions are divided into 7 sections, each with a particular theme: 

  • Part I: Tuning, Dynamic Balance, and Basic Rhythmic Exercises
  • Part II: Entrance and Timing Exercises (Tempo Setting and Timing)
  • Part III: Ending Exercises (Holding Notes Full Length and Fermatas) 
  • Part IV: Tempo Change Exercises (Accel. and Rit.; Section Changes)
  • Part V: Other Common Time Signatures (22, 24, 34, 68)
  • Part VI: Advanced Rhythm (Duple vs. Triple)
  • Part VII: Articulation and Stylistic Matching Exercises

All editions are accompanied by instructions for practice. The editions for piano trio also include a MIDI file, allowing for home practice. Flexible instrumentation scores include parts for all common Western band and orchestral instruments, including those in Treble Clef (C, F, Bb, Eb), plus Alto Clef, Bass Clef, and Low Bass Clef.

Learning Chamber Music is available for purchase from MusicaNeo, along with other pieces by composer M. Schottenbauer, Ph.D.


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