Polyphonic.org, an initiative of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School, presents a series of free webinars for musicians this spring. The first webinar, “Lessons Without Borders: Teaching Music in a Virtual World,” will be held Monday, Feb. 17, from 8 to 9 p.m. Two professionals will share their stories, strategies, and ideas and answer questions from the audience in a live Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Register here.
- Dr. Nina Perlove, Flutist & Educator
- Kurt Sassmannshaus, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
In today’s world of music instruction, the journey of apprenticeship is only an internet connection away. With online tools, music instruction is neither limited by geography, nor by the fifty-minute classroom schedule, creating exciting opportunities for students and teachers to interact and improve their skills and methods. This webinar, led by Dr. Nina Perlove (“The Internet Flutist”) and master violin pedagogue Kurt Sassmannshaus, will discuss a variety of online music tools that offer opportunities for virtual instruction ranging from simple course supplementation to real-time, webcam lessons. The presenters will categorize the platforms based on their level of teacher-to-student interactivity, ranging from one-way interaction only, to immediate, real time communication and feedback between participants. The presenters will also discuss online marketing techniques to attract virtual students, discuss the motivations behind why some students choose virtual instruction, discuss the limitations and work-arounds of the virtual classroom, and share stories from personal experiences.