Music Schools are Seeing a Surge In Applicants For a Surprising Reason

During the lockdown, many things have become much more difficult. Non-essential shops had to close, entertainment venues were shut down, schools were suspended, and almost the entire country was confined to their homes. All of this meant there was a drop in overall spending (apart from to panic buy toilet roll) in all sectors. Many places lost business almost overnight, and many businesses had to close permanently due to the sudden loss in income.

However, one of the places which seemed to have thrived on adapting to the new circumstances of the pandemic is music schools. Applications for study have been rising because of the manner in which institutions have been rising to meet online course demands. Here’s how they did it.

 

Communication

Frequent and clear communication is important regardless of whether a global pandemic is happening or not, however it is especially key for teaching, and even more so online. Being able to have student-teacher communication is imperative to student learning. With online communication, students are able to ask questions and receive quick responses from their tutors, just how they’re able to in person. Frequent communication is key to making sure students aren’t falling behind due to the pandemic. This kind of communication allows for more personal and attentive teaching as each response is individualized. While it may not be perfect, this kind of communication is key to distanced learning.

 

Video teaching

One of the most utilized tools during the pandemic has been video-communication. Whether that be Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other forms of video chatting, these communication platforms have been invaluable. Another reason music schools have been having an influx of applicants is, as a music student, all that is needed is high-quality sound for an online appraisal of your practice. While it’s true group practices are harder to achieve, individual practices aren’t hindered, and another workaround is available for group practice. This also means that once distanced learning is no longer necessary, students will still know the sound of playing with others and find it easy to adapt when able to practice with others again.

 

Online resources

Another further reason music schools are thriving during lockdown is their huge access to online resources. Although other institutions also have access to subject-specific recourses, music schools are already refined within their niche of music, allowing for further funding to be allocated to specialist resources within different music niches. Having extra funding allows students great online resources to learn from: teaching videos, sheet music, access to the latest books, and so much more. With high-quality online resources, students are still able to receive a good education.

 

Student Participation

We’ve discussed teacher-communication and video platforms to teach students, but not much on how important student interaction is. In order for students to learn and retain what they’re taught, students need to be more active in their education than ever before. Some music schools in particular have set up precursor agreements for their online applicants. To be accepted as a student, all applicants much agree to the following terms: a recording of their practice must be sent once each week to be appraised and critiqued by their tutors, along with a slow tempo recording of their technical work, as well as written music scores. This means all students must be engaged and their progress monitored and logged. All students must adhere to these tasks to ensure they are on track and keeping up with distanced learning. It is one of the many safeguards put in place to help make sure no student is falling behind due to the new, unavoidable teaching methods the pandemic has made staple. Schools have also allowed these requirements to be sent via any platform the student finds easiest to access. This ensures no student is disadvantaged due to software or hardware access, and for more flexibility during the difficult time of distance learning.

Although there are negatives to distanced learning, many have said learning online will help students become familiar with music software and the skills needed to operate them, such as how to mix in key, overlay their own music to others, and record their work with good sound.

Although the notion of distance learning brings many unknowns, it also brings new ways to interact with students, as well as teaching them to learn and access their music in different ways.

5 Great Films Set in New Jersey

Many films find the setting in New Jersey, some reaching the heights of top ten lists on sights like IMDB. If we were to list all the quality productions we would be here for far too long, though there are 5 that stand out.

 

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich is a stellar film from such a unique angle, its plot revolves around a puppeteer finding a door that allows those who pass through to see through the eyes of the famous actor John Malkovich, he then monetizes for 20-minute intervals as after that they are ejected out onto the Jersey Turnpike. The blend of realism and absurdism really find a happy warm-spot in this film, there are genuine characters who have very subtle underlying issues and fantasies that combine with the fairly unique premise to create this experience that is enjoyable and more than slightly thought-provoking.

 

War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds when it was first written was the first the world had ever seen of the genre of Science Fiction, and the films do the original book justice by far. There are two versions to pick from one from 1953 and another from the early 2000s, either are a fabulous watch though the 20th-century version might hold more nostalgia in the way films use to be made. It is about Martians invading earth and the subsequent chaos that comes which such an extinction-level event.  This film carries excitement in buckets and asks that eerie question ‘what would happen if there was life on Mars, and what if they found us?’.

 

Paul Blart Mall Cop

There are some jobs that movies bring to the life you would never expect (I am still waiting on a film based on the pest control in nj though) Paul Blart is that exact thing. Paul Blart Mall cop and its subsequent sequels are good films to enjoy for their on the nose simplicity. Headed by funny-man Kevin James, this energy-filled comedy follows the titular Paul Blart, who fails in his training to be a police officer for the New Jersey police force, so instead decides to climb to the career he actually wants by gaining a job as a mall cop, but when a bank-heist situation arises, he has to step up and predictable hilarity ensues.

 

Friday 13th

Hailed as one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, following the murders of Mrs. Vorhees, a distraught mother who lost her son to drowning whilst he was at camp, the fault of which she blames on the sexed-up councilors. This gore-fest is such a classic in the slasher genre, and a commonly misunderstood original considering Jason Vorhees becomes the main villain in the sequels, but it has some amazing performances from Betsy Palmer and a youthful Kevin Bacon. The sequels are also highly recommended for those more familiar with the Hockey mask wearing zombie-like Jason. The villain the franchise is now known for.

 

A beautiful mind

A beautiful mind is a biographical piece based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel-prize winning Mathematician. Starring Russell Crowe in one of his finest performances to date, it follows the character as he goes through life with this incredible brain that can easily decrypt and decode messages from sight alone, a skill that only he possessed. The emotion is rife in this film, Nash’s paranoid Schizophrenia combined with a period-plot revolving around the Cold War leading to Nash believing he was being followed by Soviet spies due to his condition means there is so many themes and discussions in this film that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.

This Country is fighting to Make E-Sports part of the Olympics

With the next Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, albeit delayed due to COVID-19, many were pushing for e-sports to be added to the catalog of sports available to compete in. Japan has a huge e-sports scene, dominating the world circuit in many games, such as Fortnite, DOTA 2, League of Legends, et cetera. It could have been a huge success for Japan in this area of the games, yet attempts by several gaming personality giants, professional players, and sponsors failed.

 

A Sad Defeat

Though e-sports won’t feature in the Tokyo 2021 games, France is considering adding virtual events alongside other sports, but not conventional video games. Simulators, such as sailing simulators will run alongside, but it’s a step in the right direction for e-sports being recognized at a professional level alongside other sports. It’s a huge, complicated debate if e-sports, warrants the tag “sport”, as many argue why aren’t Chess or Monopoly considered sports? On the contrary, e-sports can be seen to Archery or Shooting, as e-sports uses muscle memory and athletic prowess in the hands.

One country that is actively trying to put e-sports on the map is China, with the Asian 2022 games making several e-sports events medalled competitions, this is a massive step in recognizing e-sports, games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO as competitive sporting events rather than just video games for recreational fun. Albeit, the Asian games hosted in Hangzhou in 2022 also includes non-athletic events such as Chess, making e-sports not likely to appear in the Olympic Games anytime soon. If you’re an aspiring e-sports professional but don’t have the rankings on the leaderboards to hold up your skill, myboosting can help you appear on several games higher up the leaderboards and recognizing your potential and skill competitively.