Video: Online Workshop on Delivering Online Orchestra and Performance Models

On Thursday, 13 August 2020, Katharine Mac Mághnuis of Athenry Music School delivered an online workshop on delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions.

This workshop was available online for a limited time however, Katharine has kindly agreed to allow the video to be online for a longer period of time in order to further help those returning to teaching and ensemble making.

Note: We ask that this video is not shared on social media, but it can be distributed to musicians and tutors.

You can watch the video “delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions” below.

In this workshop, Katharine covered a range of topics including (but not exclusive to):

  • Delivery methods and quality of content, including balancing of speaker on / speaker off, creating a sense of harmony for the members, developing a critical ear, developing ensemble playing, playing old repertoire, developing new repertoire, having fun, socialising among themselves, etc.
  • Repertoire – the methods, pace and style of teaching online are very different from live teaching. While teaching two polyphonic parts online is possible, it is far from ideal.
  • Grouping sections – this is either informed by the students, or the repertoire, or both!
  • Timetabling – the ability to deliver orchestra online at a time that the students would normally receive live orchestra. (Students may normally receive individual lessons before and after orchestra).
  • Tutors – Conductors v Demonstrators, and their availability, suitability, and timetables.
  • Cost – If each orchestra normally had 2 tutors per 40 students, it is likely those costs would at least double to accommodate online sections that are teachable.
  • FUN! Orchestra is a social event! – How can we have fun, create opportunities for members to mix and have social freedom in an online context?

Katharine addressed possible problems and issues that may arise and possible / partial solutions that may be implemented.