Adventures in [A]Synchrony: Tools and Strategies for the Network Arts-Curious Music Educator
Networked Music Performance (NMP) is ensemble music mediated by a network such as the internet. NMP can be usefully divided into asynchronous and synchronous formats. Prototypical examples of the asynchronous format familiar to music educators are Eric Whitacre’s virtual choirs that began in 2009. A decade later, the virtual ensemble format exploded in popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the format does not allow participants to interact with one another, virtual ensembles nonetheless provide ample opportunities for both musical and nonmusical benefits. Synchronous NMP is, by comparison, little known and rarely practiced by music educators. However, both types of remote musical projects are possible given the proper digital tools. In this article, I share the process and experience of leading two asynchronous music projects and one synchronous (i.e., low latency) music clinic. For each of the above, I will describe the objectives and method, name the digital tools used, and suggest strategies for implementation by educators. I will then discuss the bivalent nature of equity considerations presented by NMP and conclude with implications for the future use of NMP tools and pedagogy in music education.
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Adams, Seth. "Adventures in [A]Synchrony: Tools and Strategies for the Network Arts-Curious Music Educator." Journal of Network Music and Arts 5, 1 (2023). https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/jonma/vol5/iss1/2
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