About the Project

 

The operational framework

Distance learning Music Agoge (DMA) is a pilot project attempting to set the foundations for the exploitation of teleconference and live streaming capabilities used as tools for supporting music education in Greek remote areas. It was funded by the e-services action of the Operational Program Information Society (O.P.I.S./ES 6875) and it operates under the auspices of Ellinogermaniki Agogi Private School, the Department of Research & Development and the School’s Music Department. DMA is the first project of it’s kind in Greece.

 

The objectives

In March 2013 in collaboration with Stord Haugesund University-Norway and the "Write A Science Opera" project, DMA achieves the fourth trilateral / second interstate effort / first cross-country-linkcast towards the creation of a live-performance educational event in the history of European Music Education. The event linked Greece, Norway and Cyprus.

A five-site linkcast was accompilshed in April 2013 between Gavdos, Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Leukosia and Athens by the title of "Akriton Mousiki".

  • Long-term objective is to develop and promote advanced and innovative videoconference capabilities used as tools that can link together remote communities in areas were access to music educational practice is scarce or impossible.

 

Towards the ultimate objective…

Up to this current stage the project is adopting the digital environment of the Adobe Connect Pro v7.5 platform to both the needs of distance learning courses and the needs of multicasting music events. For the distance learning courses it is essential to mention that no virtual web-platform is capable of replacing actual and in person face-to-face lessons.

The ultimate objective of this project is not to substitute traditional teaching methods but to encourage users to start building a relation with music not only as listeners but as active performers from the area in which they live. Peer to peer videoconference combined with diverse streaming capabilities, that allow links with more-than-two users simultaneously, enhanced by diverse audiovisual content can only be a part of music-instrument teaching using ICT.

At the moment higher education in music performance to individuals cannot be established through streaming media but can be significantly enhanced mostly in territories where specialized music tuition is impossible. Other webcast platforms are also tested towards this task as long as physical body action is captured and transmitted through live video image. In this direction the capabilities of connections (links) and direct multimedia streaming (live webcasting) are combined and tested in low-infrastructure-conditions that constantly vary according to the actions which the program covers. The term "Linkcast" may describe the above effort.

The experience gained day by day builds the foundation for the future development of a live & interactive network of remote web-channels available to the world of music-education in Europe.