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Southeast’s Holland College of Arts & Media Unites Cutting-Edge Technology and Music Education in ‘Remote’ Piano Masterclass

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Holland College of Arts and Media at Southeast Missouri State University conducted a state-of-the-art “remote” piano masterclass on October 13 taught by a professor located at the University of Iowa — a campus nearly 400 miles away.

Students were introduced to a remarkable application of distance learning, thanks to cutting-edge Yamaha “Remote Lesson” technology and two internet-connected Yamaha Disklavier “reproducing” pianos located at each college.

The technology allowed Dr. Allan Huckleberry, an acclaimed piano professor at the University of Iowa, to evaluate “live” performances by Jake White, a music education student at Southeast, and Layne Collier, a student at Kelly High School in Benton, Missouri, both participating in the lesson in Southeast’s Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. There, masked and socially distanced attendees watched as the magic of the masterclass unfolded.

From the University of Iowa, Huckleberry could see, in real-time, the depth of keys and pedals the students used, not on their piano, but the Disklavier in front of him. After the performances, Huckleberry offered valuable insight to each of the students over video chat, while playing his Disklavier remotely to visually illustrate his points. With perfectly synchronized video streaming between the two locations, both teacher and students performed back and forth for one another, as if they were sitting on the same piano bench in the same room.

The Disklavier technology not …

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