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A Tempo: Music Schools, Conservatories Adjust to Distance Learning Following Closures

With colleges and universities suspending their on-site classes for the remainder of the school year, staff and faculty have had to learn how to use many of the different types of technologies available to keep them in touch with their students and continue teaching at least some of their planned curricula. For faculty and students at music schools and conservatories, which rely heavily on one-on-one technique training or ensemble rehearsals, there are additional challenges to providing this instruction. A Tempo this Saturday (3/21 at 7 pm) looks at how faculty at three institutions - The Colburn School in Los Angeles, The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton - are adapting their courses for distance learning. The closures are especially difficult for seniors who will miss out on some traditional senior milestones - a situation particularly acute at Westminster, whose historic Princeton campus was expected to be shuttered by Rider University at the end of the academic year as Rider prepares to move the college's programs to its main campus in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Host Rachel Katz will speak with Sel Kardan, Colburn President and CEO; Jonathan Coopersmith, Chair of Musical Studies at Curtis; Marshall Onofrio, Dean of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University; and James Jordan, a professor at Westminster Choir College and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute.

The Colburn School in Los Angeles is one of many music schools across the U.S. looking for ways to continue instrumental, choral and dance instruction to its students remotely.

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.
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