International Tri-Institution Guitar Series
Friday, September 21/28 and October 5, 8:30am
The Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, ANU School of Music
The Australian National University School of Music joined the Manhattan School of Music and Eastman School of Music for an exciting peer exchange program featuring guitar faculty members Timothy Kain (ANU), David Leisner (MSM), and Nicholas Goluses (Eastman). Students from each institution engaged with experts across the world via high-definition videoconference.
Artist-level music videoconferencing promises an exciting new era for regional, national and international music performance, teaching exchanges, and outreach.
Through continued collaboration with international expertise in research, technology and content delivery, the ANU School of Music is fast becoming a sector leader in Australasia in terms of technological expertise and best practice in music videoconferencing distance learning and collaboration.
The ANU School of Music is currently utilising two mobile videoconference units for studio teaching, and a videoconference-equipped performance space for large audiences, lectures, ensemble and orchestral workshops and conferences. Additionally, in 2012 the School will launch a of new state-of-the-art videoconference studio placing the ANU at the cutting edge of videoconference and distance-learning research.
The studio and mobile units incorporate Polycom hardware and software specifically designed for the audio requirements of music transmission, featuring proprietary Live Music Mode echo cancellation developed in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music. With access to the ANU’s national and international high-speed broadband links through Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet), the ANU School of Music provides the means to connect students, teachers, and artists around the globe through teaching and learning exchanges and virtual artist residencies.
Significantly, artist-level videoconferencing acts as a framework within which to initiate and further expand international partnerships with peer institutions, a key priority of the School’s strategic vision. The ANU School of Music has been fostering a strong relationship with the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Following an official signing event in January 2011, the two institutions are now partnering to deliver program content and to provide 'best practice' in distance learning music exchanges between the two continents.
[Grigory Kalinovsky, Manhattan School of Music, coaches Hayley Bullock, ANU School of Music]
BigGiG preparations via videoconference] videoconference to Wolumla Primary School, NSW]
The ANU School of Music offers one-on-one coachings, masterclasses and a variety of music education classes delivered via videoconference, tailored to suit individual and school needs. Special presentations and workshops are also offered, aligning with festivals, visiting artists and pedagogues. If your school or conservatorium would like to participate or receive email notification of upcoming events please contact us. The ANU also welcomes opportunities for peer exchanges and academic collaboration with other international partners.
To receive updates about upcoming videoconference events please contact us
International Tri-Institution Guitar Series - September to October 2012
The Australian National University School of Music joined the Manhattan School of Music and Eastman School of Music for an exciting peer exchange program featuring guitar faculty members Timothy Kain (ANU), David Leisner (MSM), and Nicholas Goluses (Eastman). Students from each institution were able to engage with experts across the world via high-definition videoconference.
Music and the Brain
Professor Robert Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University) delivered a lecture on neuroscience and music for students enrolled in the ‘What Music Means’ 1st year course.
Professor Zatorre's interactive lecture focused on how our brain's function and structure helps to explain music perception, imagery and emotions.
ANU-NIDA Artistic Exchange
The ANU School of Music recently held its first artistic exchange with The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney via videoconference, in a two-hour masterclass between staff and students at both institutions.
This event showcased the capacity of music-specific videoconferencing to facilitate intense and rewarding learning experiences, and the exciting potential for cross-disciplinary and virtual collaborations in the musical and dramatic arts.
ANU students and cast members in the upcoming production of Albert Herring received coaching on the dramatic aspects of their characters from Jeff Janisheski, Head of Acting at NIDA.
In a reciprocal exchange, NIDA Musical Theatre students were given a lesson on vocal technique by the Head of Vocal Studies at ANU, Alan Hicks and voice teacher Christina Wilson. All of the participants came away as inspired converts to this new teaching medium.
Music Anwhere, Anytime
The ANU and Manhattan School of Music gave a joint presentation titled Collaborative Creations Across Continents as part of 'Music, Anywhere, Anytime'.
The ANU School of Music offered an exciting range of visiting and international videoconference lecture-demonstrations and recitals as part of the ANU School of Music's Early Music Festival Musica Antica September 19-25.
Percussion Masterclass with Chris Lamb
Manhattan School of Music, New York
12 August 2011
Percussion students from the ANU School of Music were given a masterclass by renowned percussionist Chris Lamb, principal percussionist New York Philharmonic and faculty member Manhattan School of Music, New York.
In August we offered the "Caterpillar Chronicles" Education Workshops held with composer Steve Newcomb and the ANU Recording Ensemble during the world premiere of this ANU commissioned work. This was a unique opportunity to interact with both composer and 18 amazing jazz musicians as they explored the synergies between transformation in both nature and sound!
Capital Jazz Project
Videoconference audiences had the chance to join us behind-the-scenes as ANU jazz students were coached by renowned national and international visiting artists in a series of educational workshops held as part of the Capital Jazz Project. In these workshops the jazz artists covered a range of topics, including composition, improvisation, group interaction and individual practice techniques. Artists included Bill Cunliffe (pianist and arranger), John Riley (drums), Alister Spence (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Toby Hall (drums), Julien Wilson (tenor sax) and Carl Dewhurst (guitar).
‘Behind the Scenes’ with the competitors at Australian International Chopin Piano Competition
2 May, 2011
The ANU School of Music presented Australia’s newest major biennial piano competition from the 2 – 8 May 2011. On the 2nd May, the ANU invited audiences to go behind the scenes in a videoconference interview session with the competitors, hearing about their background and preparations for performance, their thoughts and feelings on the repertoire, and the competition atmosphere.
The World Premiere of Dr Ruth Lee Martin’s new piano work The Winter It Is Past, performed by Dr Joanne Polk at the Manhattan School of Music. Dr Martin talked about what inspired the compositional processes for this piece, and following a moving performance of the work, Dr Polk shared her insights into the work from the perspective of the performer and interpreter. The audience interacted in a Q&A with both performer and composer following the presentation.
Arts Up Front: ACT Arts Education Conference
"Global Music Education via Videoconference"
Saturday 26 February 2011
The ANU School of Music and Manhattan School of Music presented a session on “Global Music Education via Videoconference,” as part of the ACT Arts Education Conference: Arts Up Front. This interactive live jazz presentation titled "Journey Through Jazz, Level 1" featured a trio of talented and entertaining MSM jazz musicians.
ANU School of Music and Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Partnership
The Australian National University and Manhattan School of Music in New York announced a distance learning partnership in a live videoconference signing ceremony and concert across the two continents on Thursday 20 January 2011.
Virtual Student Performances to Melbourne and New Zealand
In what may be a first in Australia, ANU School of Music students were employed to provide background music for events live via videoconference to both Melbourne for the launch of the new Polycom centre, and Christchurch, New Zealand for 1,900 teachers at 'Ulearn 2010.'
The ANU School of Music held a number of videoconference forums in 2010, with invited international guest speakers, and local and international music and technology demonstrations and discussions 2010.
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To connect with us you will need a standards based videoconference system, such as a Polycom, Tandberg or Lifesize. Additionally, you will need a good connection to the Internet (minimum of 384Kbps, though preferably 512kbps up/down min), a Monitor (Plasma/LED, LCD or Data Projector) and speakers for the audio. If your school already has these facilities in place, the next step is to contact us so we can book in a test time with you and the appropriate technical staff from your school. We will help to fine tune your connection, and guide you through the basics of achieving the best communication on the day.
If your school does not have videoconference facilities but you are keen to test this equipment, please do contact us, as Polycom may be able to offer a high definition videoconference codec on a trial basis.