Juilliard Cello Professor Uses HD Video for Virtual Lessons

Julie Zellman

by Julie Zellman, Marketing Communications Coordinator, LifeSize

Richard Aaron has been teaching cello to some of the America’s most talented students for the better part of his life. His students have won a number of prestigious awards, both in the U.S. and abroad, and have played with some of the most well-known orchestras in the country. Surprisingly, Aaron’s students are from all over the country while he makes his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How does he do this? Aaron gives his lessons remotely through HD video conferencing from LifeSize.

Richard Aaron

Aaron was first introduced to video conferencing when he met a family in Montana with four children (all cello players). They desperately wanted Aaron to teach their children but there was no conceivable way that he could travel to Montana every week to do so. To remedy this problem, the family purchased a legacy video system for Aaron’s home office in Michigan and he gave virtual lessons to all four kids.

Though the video system worked, the audio and video quality wasn’t lifelike and there were often technical problems. Aaron knew he needed a better endpoint with high-definition quality.

The Juilliard School in New York City (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

When Aaron was offered a job at Juilliard as a cello professor, he knew he wanted to accept the job but could not move to New York City and leave his current job at the University of Michigan. So, he offered the idea of video conferencing lessons. The world-renowned music school accepted Aaron’s offer and provided him with LifeSize® Passport™ to place in his office in Ann Arbor. The school itself was already equipped with video systems in their practice rooms (LifeSize and other third-party vendors), so the LifeSize Passport, which is interoperable with any standards-based video codec, worked seamlessly.

“It’s unbelievable,” Aaron said. “I can teach all day in Michigan in my office and go home and have dinner with my family. It saves so much energy. Life is much better.”

To read more about Richard Aaron and his virtual cello lessons, read the full case study on LifeSize.com: World-Class Cello Professor from Juilliard Instructs Students Over HD Video.

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