COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Virtual classical piano lessons were given at Columbus State University on Monday, even though the instructor was more than 1,000 miles away.
Boris Slutsky, chair of the Piano Department at Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins University, instructed CSU students via video chat during the first of four history-making remote lessons.
Teachers say experiences like these offer the students wonderful exposure without the costs of traveling.
"They need it for it for their profession, they need it for their exposure to meet these wonderful people and this is the excellent opportunity for them to save money but to achieve the same goal that they've been trying to do for so long without actually having that opportunity," explained L. Rexford, Director of Development for CSU'S College of the Arts.
The lessons were made possible by CSU's purchase of a Yamaha Disklavier concert grand piano two years ago.
The technologically-advanced piano is capable of transmitting highly nuanced performance data between similar instruments through the internet.