Piano E-Exams Now A Reality
Conservatory Canada made history in February by offering its first official E-Exams. Three students from Kanata, Ontario, took piano examinations online while their examiner was in London, Ontario. This was achieved with the help of Roland Canada digital pianos and Internet MIDI™ software from TimeWarp Technologies. During the E-Exam, Internet MIDI connected the student piano to the examiner’s piano. Each note and pedal movement generated by the student was faithfully reproduced on the examiner's instrument. In other words, the student played two pianos simultaneously, enabling the examiner to listen to the performance as though she were in the same room as the performer.
Conservatory Canada's Executive Director Victoria Warwick thinks E-Exams will revolutionize the way accredited music evaluations are facilitated. “We will now be able to connect with remote Canadian communities where travel costs for examiners and clinicians are prohibitive.” According to blogger Jordan Stevens, “This further shows that the technology used for online music learning is up to the high standards of the examiners at Conservatory Canada.”