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[This] was an outstanding way to extend what students are learning in the classroom to a more real-world setting. In particular, the interactive aspect and live jazz trio performance were engaging and educational...[this] provided students a chance to experience a live jazz setting of a professional caliber that they would not be otherwise able to... also to interact with professional performers in a manner not always possible.

Bonnie Jacobi and Gretchen Fasulo
Pine Crest School

Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. My students begged for more. Please share your talents, knowledge and expertise with us again.

Mimi Larkin
Martin High School

I think that the information became real for the students. Your program was very professional and I will use your example in future VC's. Your professionalism, pre-conference preparation, and communication was SUPER!!!

Ann Budano Koch
North Shore High School

The value of videoconferencing for teaching is obvious. If I can't physically be there, at least students can get something of value from comments and examples I might provide. There is also the dramatic effect of the medium itself which has positive inspirational value....

Dave Liebman
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Saxophone Faculty, NEA Jazz Master

This was a fabulous, hands-on experience for our students. The instructor kept right on their level, while pushing them to think and play at a higher level. He was positive, engaging, and encouraging to them... I wish every orchestra in the county could do this.

April Martin
Jessie Clark Middle School

The students were excited, and learned about a career opportunity. As budgets have been cut, and my time with the students has been reduced, I haven't been able to show them an opera. This was the perfect opportunity to give them a little taste... The concept of being animated when singing really came across well, and it will be nice to remind them of Ms. Wade's lesson when we are preparing for a performance in the future.

Debbie Martinez
Popham Elementary School

[This] was an outstanding way to extend what students are learning in the classroom to a more real-world setting. In particular, the interactive aspect and live jazz trio performance were engaging and educational...[this] provided students a chance to experience a live jazz setting of a professional caliber that they would not be otherwise able to... also to interact with professional performers in a manner not always possible.

Bonnie Jacobi and Gretchen Fasulo
Pine Crest School

This was our first VTC with a conservatory and I learned that children enjoyed it immensely! I anticipate many repeats. I would recommend this... I believe all of these children would understand and benefit from this program. We had experts play for us and teach us!!! How many times can we bring all these instruments in an elementary school? (Not often). Presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging - a very cool way to learn music.

Adina Popa
Potowmack Elementary School

Art is not indigenous in our society, but it should be as important as basketball or football. And through technology, it can be.

Pinchas Zukerman
violinist, violist, conductor

The value of videoconferencing for teaching is obvious. If I can't physically be there, at least students can get something of value from comments and examples I might provide. There is also the dramatic effect of the medium itself which has positive inspirational value....

Dave Liebman
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Saxophone Faculty, NEA Jazz Master

The program was well rehearsed and provided a wonderful introduction to jazz. It provided the students with some ideas to incorporate in classroom improvisations.

Marilyn Yekisa
St. Francis de Sales School

My students are still talking about some of the musical examples they heard and have expressed an interest in exploring some new composers. An excellent connection. The students were able to hear a live performance, which is something I am unable to arrange in the classroom. They were able to engage in very positive communication with the presenters. The focus on American music supported the ongoing 5th-grade curriculum.

Rebecca Korn
Woodward Parkway School

We loved the VC with Lauren and Shane yesterday! The performance quality was superb. I hope you were able to see the faces of our young students. For me that is the best part of any program: watching their rapt attention and sheer enjoyment. After this performance, the students were not only complimentary to the performers, but they wanted more!

Lucy Cassidy-Van Hoff
Glenwood Landing School

Thank you for providing this experience for my students....It provided a better focus to topics that we had already implemented.

Donald P. Turoso
Jackson Local Schools

I think that the information became real for the students. Your program was very professional and I will use your example in future VC's. Your professionalism, pre-conference preparation, and communication was SUPER!!!

Ann Budano Koch
North Shore High School

Distance learning is a grand vehicle for future directions in teaching and performing...as we try to develop opportunities and bring in audiences and build numbers, it will be a benefit artistically and financially.

Justin DiCioccio
chair, MSM Jazz Department

Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. My students begged for more. Please share your talents, knowledge and expertise with us again.

Mimi Larkin
Martin High School

Through distance learning, young, aspiring musicians can broaden their horizons and incorporate musical influences and ideas from artist-educators around the globe.

Glenn Dicterow
Chair of the Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance at Manhattan School of Music; former concertmaster, New York Philharmonic (1980-2014)
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Media Coverage

MSM's Distance Learning Program has received widespread recognition for the key role it has played in the continual advancement of of DL applications for music performance and education. View media coverage here.

Strategic Partners

Manhattan School of Music recognizes the following partners for their ongoing collaboration and support of the conservatory’s distance learning program:

Distance Learning Program Historical Highlights

  • 1996

    Manhattan School of Music inaugurates the first-ever music videoconference program at a major United States conservatory.

    First International Videoconference to Paris — Composer Henri Dutilleux appears live from Paris in Borden Auditorium during the New York premiere of his work Timbres, espaces, movement as performed by the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia

  • 1997

    Honorary Doctorate Conferred upon Mstislav Rostropovich and Clark Terry via International Videoconference —President Marta Istomin confers honorary doctorates upon Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry live from Evian, France via videoconference during the 71st commencement exercises.

    Pinchas Zukerman offers master class to Hong Kong for students at the Academy of Performing Arts. Isaac Stern is in attendance

  • 1998

    Creation of Mischa Elman Distance Learning Center — To support the growth and development of videoconference music programs and applications, the Elman Distance Learning Center is established. The Center joins the aesthetic tradition of a conservatory music studio with 21st-century technological capabilities in a one-of-a-kind virtual music studio

  • 1999

    Manhattan School of Music establishes a Distance Learning Partnership with New York City School system, to expand its Arts-in-Education program, Music Teaches, to underserved students in the five boroughs

  • 2002

    Manhattan School of Music becomes affiliate member of Internet2, the national research and education consortium dedicated to creating next generation Internet applications

     “Arts in Education and the Virtual Classroom” becomes the first elective course to offer students comprehensive training in how to design, create, and present interactive educational outreach programs via videoconference to classrooms throughout the United States

  • 2003

    Manhattan School of Music presents first Webcast, Zukerman Interactive, featuring Maestro Zukerman conducting an orchestral reading of the Elgar String Serenade, Op. 20, with student string chamber orchestra

  • 2005

    Manhattan School of Music collaborates with Polycom to create “Music Mode” videoconferencing technology specifically designed for live, music education, and interaction

  • 2006

    Manhattan School of Music establishes first-ever US-Chinese music distance learning program with Shanghai Conservatory of Music

    Manhattan School of Music constructs fiber optic network connected to Internet2 via Columbia University

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Director receives IDEA Award, Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications, Interactive Music Education

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program connects to Seoul, South Korea for first ever International Student Showcase with MSM students performing live for their friends and families in Seoul

  • 2007

    Manhattan Connects: An Internet2 Conference for New York’s Cultural Institutions. In collaboration with Internet2, Columbia University, and Nysernet, MSM presents a conference for New York’s cultural institutions on the power and potential of advanced networking for the arts from The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall

  • 2008

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning inaugurates live web streaming of student concerts from The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall

  • 2009

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program is named 2009 Computerworld Honors Laureate in an awards ceremony at Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

  • 2010

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning launches Global Conservatory, a new initiative aimed at connecting with institutions around the world to engage in group lessons, private instruction, and ensemble coachings, as well as academic and professional seminars, with MSM’s world-renowned faculty.

    Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning partners with InstantEncore to present a masterclass with renowned baritone Thomas Hampson as the first live video stream of a classical music event across an iPhone/iPod touch application.

  • 2011

    Manhattan School of Music and Polycom, Inc. build on their decade-long relationship and sign a strategic partnership agreement that, among other important points, expands the Polycom network that powers the Distance Learning Program to reach more students throughout the United States and the world with a broader set of offerings, thereby ensuring that children of all ages are given the opportunity to be exposed to top-notch arts education despite their socioeconomic status or geographic location.

    Manhattan School of Music and the Australian National University announce the formation of an international distance learning partnership that sees the formation of a unique relationship using state-of-the-art music videoconferencing facilities and the high-speed networks of Internet2 for one-on-one lessons, masterclasses, ensemble coachings, professional development sessions, virtual staff and student exchanges, and collaborative research into best practice in music performance and education over long distances.

    Manhattan School of Music launches a new online digital library which promises instant access to the Distance Learning Program’s extensive video archive of all past events, classes, and lessons.

  • 2012

    Manhattan School of Music launches the Virtual Music Studio pilot program designed to reach home-based learners via desktop videoconferencing for music.

  • 2013

    MSM partners with the Nebraska Arts Council and Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council to create a new distance learning model in which credit-based music instruction is delivered to students throughout the state of Nebraska.

  • 2014

    MSM launches its official YouTube channel, featuring 7 seasons of Thomas Hampson Voice Master Class video excerpts and receiving nearly 25,000 hits in 3 months. Coupled with its Facebook and Twitter presence, the Distance Learning Program is now fully engaged in social media.

  • 2014

    The Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program establishes an endowed fund "The Melos Fund for Distance Learning Innovation at Manhattan School of Music" with a cornerstone gift from the Ervika Foundation.

  • 2015

    MSM Distance Learning announces the Digital Scholars Program enabling students to train and teach music programs to K-12 classrooms around the globe.

  • 2015

    MSM Distance Learning's inaugural use of LOLA technology in support of the Hampsong Foundation's Song in Dialogue: A Learning Performance in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Through direct fiber optic connections, audio and video signals take 20 milliseconds to travel from MSM to Michigan, enabling near perfect real-time interaction.

  • 2016

    The Distance Learning Program expands into a Hybrid Learning model with the integration of a new Learning Management System -- Kannu -- specifically designed and developed for creative arts education.