School of Music


Doctor of Music Education (DME)


Rebecca Watson


Remote, hybrid, collegiate, instrumental, ensemble, band, orchestra, studio, COVID-19, online learning


Education | Music


During the 2020-2022 COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges were required to transition to a remote learning platform. This was a new concept to many professors and proved to impact college courses, including courses that relied on in-person learning and interactions, such as instrumental music courses. Courses were affected because teaching and learning methods that applied to in-person learning were not entirely possible with remote learning due to the mandates of social distancing and the lack of face-to-face instruction. Many music professors were required to make necessary changes to the curriculum, teaching styles, and educational technologies. Courses required new and innovative ways to provide collaborative music-making opportunities, as in-person rehearsals were not an option during remote learning. This qualitative case study analyzes the impact of remote learning on collegiate band, orchestra, and instrumental studio lessons, as well as the professors and students involved in the courses. The results will show the curricular changes made to the curricula, the benefits and disadvantages of online learning and teaching, and potential teaching strategies that have proven to be successful.