Tonight I taught a fascinating violin lesson. It was on Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy and the student was an excellent young violinist named Helen Kim.
What made this lesson different is that Helen was playing for me from her school at USC where she studies with Robert Lipsett and Margaret Batjer. I was in a studio in the Cleveland Institute of Music and the "audience" was made up of the heads of university music programs from the Pacific Rim. That included Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and others.
The lesson was given using distance learning equipment. Although literally thousands of miles away, we felt as if we were in the same toom for the lesson. The quality was so good that I could hear differences is her tone production.
This technology is really amazing. I'm curious to see how it will enhance our world.
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I have written about it in my blog.
Amazing age we live in, isn't it?
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