Virtual Classes for Adult Learners

Through video conference technology, Distance Learning at CIM is able to offer music lessons and classes for adult learners and coordinate programming for community centers, retirement communities, libraries, and hospitals. Adult learners can meet and hear from current students and watch them perform, as well as learn from some of the best classically-trained teaching faculty in the country. Lifelong Learning classes spark curiosity and engagement for adults who seek to explore music through academic and participatory lenses.

Our Lifelong Learners can choose from a plethora of classes - most include live performances. Learn about some of the greatest composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach or explore the music and historical context of the 1920s in our Jazz Age class. If there’s a specific country or historical period you’d like to hear music from, you can also request a virtual recital, where we arrange a customized program featuring our talented CIM students.

Learn more about these programs and register at CILC.org.

Technical Requirements

The best way to ensure an easy, high-quality video conference is to have a test connection with CIM at least one week before the scheduled session. This is necessary for new clients, new classrooms, or your first connection of the semester.

CIM is 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 videoconferencing platform (Polycom, Cisco, Tandberg, Lifesize, Aver), it will connect to our system, and we will provide an IP address to call. Education nonprofits can use a LoLa system installation. If you have a computer instead, we will provide the software (Polycom RealPresence, Zoom) best-suited for your connection. We recommend an external microphone, such as a USB condenser mic, for sufficient audio quality. In either case, 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.

If you are unsure of which hardware or software to use for video conferences, get in touch with our team.