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Music programs make space online for lessons, rehearsals - Albany Times Union

Posted: 14 Apr 2020 09:01 AM PDT

No in-person lessons and rehearsals. No chance to practice with each other, to play off each other, to tune and share a stand together.

But in these days of COVID-19, music learning continues in the virtual realm. The new reality is rife with challenges, including technology that can't quite convey sound across the ether the way we hear it across a room. But at least that technology exists -- and with it, a chance to connect  students with instructors in a limbo period of distended isolation.

"We're so lucky to live in this century," said Carlos Ágreda, music director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, which has pressed ahead with online learning for all 13 of its ensembles.

"It has definitely been a new experience for all of us, particularly for some of our conductors that have been doing in-person rehearsal for more than 30 years -- and suddenly they have to figure out how to do it using online tools. . . . So we have been getting very creative," he said. "Our conductors and our staff have been very creative coming up with ideas about transferring that rehearsal to individual living rooms."

"This has been a journey," agreed Rebecca Calos, ESYO's executive director. "It's still a lot of unknowns, a lot of complexities, but underlying it all has been a tremendous amount of excitement on the part of our students to engage with us in a different way." The new reality has "allowed us to explore the instructional end of what we've been trying to do over the years in a really different way -- and to provide an educational and musical experience for our kids that we might not have gotten around to, because we've become so accustomed to doing everything in person."

To that end, ESYO's baker's dozen of ensembles -- including the symphony orchestra, which Ágreda conducts -- now "meet" virtually in Google  sessions and frequent, individual interaction between students and their conductors and section leaders. Given the audio lags in online meeting platforms, full rehearsals are out of the question. But the experience underscores -- for Ágreda and other music educators around the region -- both the importance of music and the adaptability of both students and teachers alike as virtual lessons help fill the void.

"It's definitely proving challenging -- both as an educational piece and then as a small-business piece," said Bryan Cady, owner of the Guilderland Music Academy.  "You know, we've lost almost 25 percent of our enrollment due to the COVID-19."

He understands why: lost jobs, a start. Even so, more than 380 people are still taking lessons through GMA, formerly known as the Cady School of Music. And as a longtime band teacher in the Albany city schools, he feels strongly about "the continuity of instruction -- and also maintaining some normalcy for the kids. Yeah, it's a lesson, and it's a service we're providing, but it's also a social piece -- where our students are used to seeing their music teacher every week and having that interaction."

Cady's school uses Zoom, offering paid instruction along with various free options: first lessons, group lessons, and lessons for children of health care workers.  Modern Day Music School in Clifton Park is doing much the same thing, pushing ahead with Zoom -- again, first lesson free -- for its students in a quest for consistency. "It provides a sense of normalcy in their routine and they genuinely enjoy seeing their coaches and continuing to improve," said Cailin Burke, general manager of the school, in an email. "With all the extra time everyone has they can practice more as well!"

But the new reality has put a temporary stop to MDM's group programs -- and, with the online video and audio delays, ended the chance for any live accompaniment. So it is for teachers at other regional music schools and programs, who express gratitude for the access to online tools but wrestle with its glitches and deficits.

"Just seeing each other clearly through the screen sometimes -- it's, like, sometimes things are blurry," said Gabe Stallman, who teaches guitar, bass and ukelele for Modern Day Music. "Or sometimes, not being in person, it's hard for the student to see my hands or see their hands. Or sometimes I'm teaching a little kid who doesn't know how to fix the camera, and I'm seeing the top of their hair."

For ESYO's programs, the main challenge has been the redefinition of what it means to rehearse. "The concept of rehearsal has been changed a little bit," Ágreda said. "We are transforming the space and the time, so we're not rehearsing at the same time, and we're not rehearsing at the same place."

Using platforms like Google Classroom, students submit videos to their respective conductors, and the conductors give feedback. They get assignments -- say, a specific section of their specific part for a specific piece. They work on those. Record them. Send them off for comments. Work on them some more.

In some cases, the new reality has also -- paradoxically -- upped the opportunities for student-teacher interaction and the time spent learning. Young pupils in ESYO's CHIME education program now have hourlong sessions, about double the usual length. And at Guilderland Music Academy, "I'm constantly going back and forth between teachers," said Grace Leininger, a student of the flute and other instruments. "Because we're so separated, we've all been really communicating online more and more. Because of that, I'm constantly getting emails (saying), 'Hey, why don't you try playing this etude or this solo, just for fun?'"

There are other unexpected upsides. For one: remote learning can link up students and instructors from outside the Capital Region. The new Caffe Lena School of Music, poised to open just as the pandemic hit, has now gone full-blown into online instruction, including banjo and fiddle lessons taught by traditional folk great Bruce Molsky, who teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

And then there's tuning up. In three dimensions, teachers do it for their youngest students. In CHIME's virtual program, filled with beginners, "Tuning has been the hardest thing. . . . trying to teach children how to tune their instruments at the age of 6 and 7," said Jared Shortmeier, its administrative director. "And the biggest problem is parents jumping in to help and busting the instrument."

Kids are honing critical musical skills at a much younger age, he said. "We're trying to rely on students' ears more than we've ever had to before. . . . So there are some strange benefits that we're getting from the crisis." Added Burke: "Online lessons have been great for helping with ear training and more independent musicianship. . . . It's been super helpful in developing their ears."

Another upside to digital teaching is the chance to veer off into different pedagogical directions. During one recent ESYO meeting, Ágreda delved into music theory. "We got to discuss things that were relevant to learning," he said -- but not necessarily something they have time for during in-person rehearsals. "This enrichment aspect of what we do has been very meaningful."

"It's a different type of learning, I think," said Joyce Cheng, principal cellist with ESYO's symphony orchestra. "But it's the most productive thing that we could be doing now -- because we can't actually play together or rehearse together. . . . Whether or not we're in isolation right now, I think music theory and music history and things like that are really important to understand the background behind the repertoire we're playing." When all of this is over, she said, she hopes they'll  continue to incorporate more such "book learning, I guess you could call it, into the ESYO programs."

In the past, Calos said, ESYO had considered hosting master classes -- but worried about timing, which facility to use, and attendance. "So it's kind of freed ourselves from a lot of constraints. . . . and we're looking at these things differently."  All of these are takeaways to be carried into the post-COVID future. "Hopefully, after this crisis is over, my hope for this organization is that we keep some of the things that have really worked well -- even as we move back into the physical world," Calos said.

Originally,  Ágreda said, ESYO's repertory and symphonic orchestras were to perform side-by-side on April 21, rendering a short piece he'd composed years ago. He now hopes to do it virtually, breaking the work down into more easily recorded parts. He also hopes to cap ESYO's season with a polished, synchronized recording "that the students would be proud of."

All in all, the experience has "realigned" ESYO with its core mission, he said  -- not simply to perform with excellence, but "to educate through performance. It's coming back to our roots. . . . The learning -- the learning -- is what makes us meaningful in the students' lives. More than actually performing."

And in a way, all of this affirms -- or, OK, underscores --  the importance of music in people's lives, even when the Internet offers the only available rehearsal space.

"I mean, of course I prefer the face-to-face," Cheng said. "Because I guess there's more of a, you know, personableness to it -- but it's not very difficult. I honestly don't mind it. I'm glad it worked out. I mean, if we were without lessons for however long this is going to last, I'd go insane."

The way Stallman sees it: "No matter what happens, the arts are always gonna stay the arts." Folks can lose their jobs, cope with quarantine, adjust their lives -- none of that affects the innate value of music or any art form.  "You're never gonna give up on that stuff. . . . So if you're out of a job or something, you might as well practice an instrument or try to write a song, or something like that," he said. "And that's something that's never going to go away."

Cheng agreed. "Music has always been a part of my life, no matter what -- during good times and bad times," she said. For her and for others, "It brings a sense of normalcy. . . I think it just kind of gives everybody something to focus on during this time -- and just to keep being productive," she said, "and to just try to keep everything as normal as possible in this time that's very much not-normal."

Years ago, Cady attended a talk. He can't remember the name of the guy who gave it, but it resonated with him: 'In times of crisis, three things happen: food, fire and music."

So Italians sing from their balconies, he said. Artists give virtual gigs. Kids take lessons, maybe work on their NYSSMA solos,  maybe play for their grandparents. Music goes on.

"It continues to do what it's always done," he said. "Comfort."

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