NEW technology is allowing students to learn the piano without having to be anywhere near their piano teacher.
Technical support from Charles Sturt University (CSU) is allowing students at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music to learn the piano while their teacher is hundreds of kilometres away.
The technology links two pianos using the internet, so students can watch the keys on a piano move up and down in front of them while the teacher plays.
It is part of a trial involving piano students from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, with support from CSU’s Division of Information Technology providing access to the university’s dedicated fibre-optic connection.
Students learn from piano teachers at the Australian National University.
Conservatorium Director Hamish Tait said the technology could provide new opportunities for students in remote areas.
“This kind of technoloy helps break down some of the barriers of living in a regional area by giving local students access to highly qualified instructors hundreds of kilometres away,” he said.
CSU technical specialist Travis Terry said the trial linked to CSU’s existing remote teaching programs.
“Coupling complementary technologies like the digital piano could be a major step forward for remote teaching and we are pleased to explore the possibilities,” he said.