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Juilliard Brings Online Music Education to the Masses

Posted by on May. 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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As school music programs dwindle under severe budget cuts, a generation of kids is growing up without music education. If they can't afford private lessons, students can always head to YouTube to learn how to play the piano, but the quality of the instruction is hit-or-miss. Now The Juilliard School, the nation’s most prestigious college for the performing arts, hopes to change all that by offering its world-class music courses through Connections Education, an online education provider.

The content for the classes, called Juilliard eLearning, will be developed by the school’s staff and alumni. The first classes—which will be offered this fall to K-12 students as well as adults interested in building their musical skills—will align with national music standards.

Juilliard has yet to announce details about specific classes—or how much they’ll cost—but administrators say students will be able to learn how to sing, read music, and play an instrument through virtual music demonstrations, instructional videos, and animation from Juilliard’s faculty and Connections Education’s teachers. Eventually, the program will also offer classes in music theory and music history.

Perhaps virtual classes can't replace the presence of full-time music teachers in every K-12 school, but if Juilliard eLearning proves to be a high quality—and reasonably priced—option, students may yet receive the music education they deserve.

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What do you think will children be able to learn music from videos?

Margaret


by on May. 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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maxswolfsuit
by on May. 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I don't think I could. But maybe someone with more natural talent could. 

I would think that if kids had a foundation from in person instruction they could build on that with online instruction. 

arthistmom
by on May. 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM
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But how will students learning to play an instrument get the feedback about their playing? It's probably the most critical part about learning to play a musical instrument.

emilyrosenj
by on May. 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I agree, when my daughter was taking piana, the teacher was there to correct tempo and hand positioning.  Maybe they will play it first to show the student what it should sound like?

Quoting arthistmom:

But how will students learning to play an instrument get the feedback about their playing? It's probably the most critical part about learning to play a musical instrument.


Margaret


mommashiv2012
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 2:37 AM
This is amazing! I just missed out on going here, this would be so rewarding for me!
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lifesadream83
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Oh I hope it's in place by next school year! It would be wonderful to us for our homeschool music class :)
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kirbymom
by on Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

It may be of some benefit. I would think that some music is better than no music? 

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