Learn more about CIM's Distance Learning program and how live video conferencing can work in your classroom or organization.

How does Distance Learning work?

CIM connects in real time to classrooms throughout the world using video conference technology. Interactive presentations enable our instructors and your students to see and hear each other as they participate in lessons and musical performances. Our professional-grade audio and video systems and talented presenters and musicians enable engaging presentations. Let us bring our educational resources to you, through the internet.

What types of content or classes are available?

Pre-kindergarten - 12th grade classrooms: We offer music instruction for all ages and abilities, from music readiness skills to college auditions preparation.  We also teach interdisciplinary classes, which combine music with other academic subjects like math, science, ELA, and foreign language. All classes are aligned to state and national standards, including common core where applicable.  Professional development opportunities for teachers are also available.

Lifelong learners: Participants engage face-to-face with highly qualified instructors to learn about a variety of music topics.  All classes are highly interactive, with ample time for conversation and questions with the presenter.  Live music performances by CIM students are often included, with plenty of opportunities for participants to interact.

Conservatory and preparatory: Collaboration can include studio master classes, multi-point coaching sessions, conducting sessions, one-on-one lessons, and ensemble coaching. Online classes as credit fulfilment of CIM curriculum are not available.

Check our program listings or contact the team for complete offerings.

How can I prepare for my session or class?

Most video conference programs require advance preparation from the participating teacher, student(s) and/or organization:

  • Download class materials from CILC. The CIM2 team will also email these materials a few weeks before the class. For some classes, a box of classroom materials and manipulatives may be sent to you.
  • Schedule and complete a test connection with CIM at least one week before your session. We will be happy to troubleshoot any connection problems during the test connection.
  • For music coaching sessions, communicate in advance with the CIM faculty assigned to your class via email or phone. You will receive an email from CIM introducing your instructor.
  • Follow the classroom set-up instruction provided in the class materials packet.
  • Arrange the room so that all the students or audience members are in view of the camera. Place your microphone as close to the audience as possible, and keep it facing away from your speakers. We can assist you during the test connection.
  • During the session, encourage your students or audience to ask questions and participate in the session.
  • An actively-engaged teacher should be present at all times and will serve as moderator when appropriate.
  • Please actively assist us by calling on specific students to ask and answer questions.
  • Preschool classes should be accompanied on site by at least two teachers or aids.
How should I prepare my technology for video conferences?

To be ready for video conferences, we suggest the following:

  • Schedule and complete a test connection with CIM at least one week before your session. This is necessary for new clients, new classrooms, or your first connection of the semester. We will be happy to troubleshoot any connection problems during the test connection. We will work with your school to resolve network or system issues.
  • If you have a video conference system (Polycom, Cisco, Tandberg, Lifesize, Aver), we will provide an IP address to call. Education nonprofits can use a LoLa system installation. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, we will provide the software (Polycom RealPresence, Zoom) best-suited for your connection. Education non-profits can connect using a LoLa system installation.
  • Regardless of connection type, we recommend an external microphone, such as a USB condenser mic, for sufficient audio quality.
  • Always connect your device with an Ethernet network cable. Do not rely on Wi-Fi.
  • Have a working telephone in your room and provide the phone number to CIM. If no direct phone number is available, notify your school receptionist that you are having a video conference and will need to receive any calls from CIM.
  • Arrange the room so that all the students are in view of the camera. Place your microphone as close to the students as possible, and keep it facing away from your speakers. We can assist you during the test connection.
What Internet connection is required for video conferences?

You must connect the device with an Ethernet network cable, with a connection speed of at least 0.5 Mbps. Do not rely on Wi-Fi. We can test and optimize your connection during your test connections.

What should I do if the video conference connection is not working?

First, end the video conference and reconnect. If issues continue, call the studios at (216) 795-3150.