CONSERVATORY CANADA CELEBRATES A CANADIAN FIRST

Remote E-Exams a success for national music conservatory

LONDON, ON, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Conservatory Canada is pleased to announce that Canada's first remote music examinations were a resounding success. The Conservatory Canada E-Exams took place on February 17 and linked an examiner in London, Ontario with three young piano students in Kanata, Ontario.

"In co-operation with E-Exam project partners Roland Canada and TimeWarp Technologies, we are now able to use a combination of laptop computers, specialized software, Conservatory Canada-approved digital pianos and the Internet to connect students in remote communities with the best musicians and music programs available," says Conservatory Canada National Executive Director, Victoria Warwick.

Warwick conducted the E-Exams from her office in London, Ontario, and says the experience was "almost like being there. The main difference is that we have a facilitator with the student placing the sight and improvisational passages in front of the student at the appropriate time."

The new technology allows remote examiners like Warwick to see and hear what a student is playing in real time, and to check for finger accuracy and pedal technique. Examiner and student can even play together simultaneously, "like playing a duet in remote locations," Warwick explains. 

Music student Nicki Papworth, who completed her Level 2 Piano, said she liked the E-Exam "very much" and would even choose a remote exam over a traditional exam in future "because it was fun and less stressful than having the examiner actually in the room."

Conservatory Canada's E-Exams will revolutionize how accredited music evaluations are facilitated, Warwick says. "We will now be able to connect with remote Canadian communities where travel costs for examiners and clinicians are prohibitive. This is the beginning of a whole new level of programming that we will be able to offer to students, teachers and parents in the comfort of their own home."

About Conservatory Canada
Conservatory Canada is a national charitable organization that focuses on advancing the Performing Arts through music education. With roots dating back to 1891, our accredited centre of excellence promotes musical achievement through a comprehensive program of study, evaluation and recognition for students and teachers in every region of Canada.

SOURCE Conservatory Canada

For further information:

Victoria Warwick, Conservatory Canada National Executive Director, victoria@conservatorycanada.ca, 519.433.3147, www.conservatorycanada.ca

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