A software developer has created a new way to interconnect
musicians from different locations over the Internet via computer.
Andrew Mercer, developer of the Online Conservatory spoke to
the participants of STEM~Net's Hook, Line and Net 99 conference
on July 7th. The theme of the conference Create I.T. goes hand
in hand with Mercer's idea for musicians, both amateur and professional,
to play together from remote locations (i.e. drummer in New York
and guitar in Rigolet, Labrador) using a 28.8 kbps modem connection.
Launched in 1995, the Online Conservatory began by offering
NetSessions - music lessons over the Internet. This breakthrough
in music education allows a student in one part of the world
to take a music lesson from a music teacher living in another
part of the world. Someone who wanted to learn either Jazz or
Rock could post their request for a lesson online at the Online Conservatory
and then the staff of the Full Tilt Design would locate a musician
who specializes in that specific field of music.
Andrew Mercer is a teacher, musician and entrepreneur, a native
of Clarke's Beach, Newfoundland.
"In the future, I would like to establish a worldwide
group of teachers teaching all sorts of music and a body of students
of all ages," he says.
Alex Hickey of the Department of Education in Newfoundland
and Labrador, says of Mercer: "He's not afraid of taking
To contact Mercer about taking a piano lesson online or to
find out about some of the requirements needed to take a lesson,
you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org