PLAINVIEW, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press launch from Wayland Baptist University:
The way forward for music education took one other step ahead final week as Michael Cabe, director of buyer expertise at Steinway & Sons in New York City, visited Wayland Baptist University to see Steinway’s Spirio | r piano in motion.
Cabe, who’s a undertaking chief for the Spirio, wished to see how Wayland is utilizing the technologically superior piano to show college students remotely. Dr. Richard Fountain, professor of piano, arrange a lesson with Brieyanah Session, a pupil at Talkington School for Young Women Leaders in Lubbock. Session performed the Spirio positioned in Lubbock whereas Dr. Fountain and Cabe watched and listened to the Spirio in Plainview. Fountain was then capable of remark, provide solutions and exhibit method remotely by way of web connections.
“You are the first people to be doing anything like this,” Cabe mentioned. “Plenty of other places are now asking what’s being done. How can we use this in a functional manner in education? And we are using Wayland as the example of that.”
Cabe was impressed at how properly the course of labored although the expertise continues to be in an early stage of improvement.
“This is new to everybody, everywhere,” he mentioned. “Considering how new it is, you set it all up and it didn’t seem like an imposition. You are talking about real, in-depth musical concepts that would be normal for any mid- to high-level piano student. You are talking about real musical concepts, and she is getting it. Even though you are not in the same room, it felt so musically natural to see this.”
Dr. Fountain and Dr. Kennith Freeman, affiliate professor of collaborative piano, defined that they used Spirio to work with 12 college students in preparation for the UIL highschool district educational contest. Freeman mentioned of the 12 college students, 11 moved on to the upcoming state competitors.
Fountain mentioned having the ability to coach them on an precise piano, as an alternative of a keyboard, is a large benefit to the college students. A real grand piano is rather more nuanced than a keyboard and advertisements to the total musical expertise by way of the participant’s method.
“Obviously, when they are going to contest and being judged by a pianist, it’s a big difference,” Fountain mentioned. “There are a lot of other students who may not have that advantage.”
Cabe and Steinway consultant Brian Elmore had been impressed with how simply Session labored with the Spirio connection.
“She was really comfortable,” Elmore mentioned. “She was getting it. She understood. She was maybe even more excited to learn this way than if the lesson was in person. There’s something about the newness of this that is exciting.”
Fountain mentioned the college students have been very receptive to studying remotely by way of the Spirio expertise. In truth, in some situations it’d even be simpler to show by way of the revolutionary new expertise.
“Kids now, this is how they speak,” Fountain mentioned. “All of the students at Talkington are used to using technology. For [Session] this is a very natural environment.”
Cabe and Elmore had been additionally capable of witness the use of Spirio for a voice lesson taught by Dr. Brian Kuhnert, and WBU pupil vocalist Cooper Trolinger mentioned he makes use of Spirio all the time for personal rehearsal. Dr. Fountain is his private accompanist, however attributable to his busy schedule, he isn’t all the time accessible for rehearsal. Fountain will report items on Spirio and Trolinger is ready to log in and use the recording to work on his music.
“I get to practice like [Dr. Fountain] is actually here with me,” Trolinger mentioned. “I get to have my voice lessons, and I could perform with it if I need to. It’s just an incredible tool.”
Cabe, who’s repeatedly working to enhance the Spirio expertise, took intensive notes that he mentioned he would take again to New York and implement as the undertaking continues to evolve. Elmore mentioned Wayland and Spirio are having an amazing affect on the way forward for piano education. Many faculties Steinway is working with are not sure of tips on how to implement the expertise. Elmore mentioned Wayland is the instance that different faculties, lecturers and studio professionals have to see.
“Their fear needs to be overcome with the reality that if we can do this in Plainview, Texas, in an effective way, then we can do it anywhere,” he mentioned. “Let’s set it up and do a lesson from here to students anywhere and have an impact.”
(Press launch from Wayland Baptist University)