Video conferencing music lessons 


The Centre for Youth Music (CYM) will host a presentation and demonstration by Mark Walton, former Chair of Performance, Outreach and Communications at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Wednesday 23 April, from 11am to 3pm.

In his presentation Mark (pictured) will discuss the possibilities of distance music education, including technologies available and specialised techniques of teaching music using this medium.

A leading force in distance education in Australia and New Zealand, Mark Walton has been at the forefront of research and delivery of music lessons to remote communities through video conferencing, and remote area music camps and workshops. In 2005 he was awarded an OAM for his services to music education, especially in rural areas.

Mark is also widely acknowledged in many parts of the world as a leading solo clarinet and saxophone performer and teacher, and has written, compiled or edited for different publishers over two hundred music publications, many of which have become standard woodwind teaching repertoire, and recorded ten solo albums.

He will also deliver, as part of a joint initiative between the CYM and Northern Territory Music School, woodwind and music pedagogy workshops between April 21 and 24.

For more information about these sessions contact Lisa Jennings, manager of the Centre for Youth Music, Charles Darwin University, on 8946 6513.

The CYM has been awarded funding by Darwin Rotary Sunrise to initiate a pilot program delivering video-conferenced music lessons to pre-tertiary students in Katherine and Nhulunbuy from semester two, as part of a program which it anticipates will eventually include delivering music lessons to students accessing all six CDU campuses in the NT.

Mark’s April 23 presentation will take place in room 6, building 24 (C24.06), Casuarina campus, Charles Darwin University.