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A masterclass is a lesson between a teacher and student in front of a live audience. The purpose of the audience is to give the student practice performing in public. It can be very nerve-wracking for the student since everyone watching can hear mistakes as they are pointed out to the student.
When masterclasses are broadcast on the Internet the audience is even larger. Using the Internet also means that the teacher and the student can be in two different places. When the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra went on tour in October 2000, Maestro Zukerman taught a masterclass from Germany - and the student was in Ottawa!
The National Arts Centre has kept some of Maestro Zukerman's masterclasses on file for viewing from the National Arts Centre's website. This allows teachers and students to learn firsthand from Maestro Zukerman's teaching techniques. Before the Internet only a small group of people could benefit from a masterclass. Today anyone can log on to the Internet to observe a masterclass and see how much work is necessary to be a great musician.
November 20, 2002
Pinchas Zukerman leads a full morning of masterclasses with violin and viola students at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto -- Watch the complete sessions as well as the 'question and answer' segment of the program.
Monday, October 23, 2000 : Paris, France
Live webcast with Pinchas Zukerman from the Canadian Embassy in Paris involving students from Lycée Jules Verne in Paris and Lycée Paul Claudel in Ottawa.
Saturday, October 14, 2000 : Hannover, Germany
Appearing in this videoconference masterclass are students enrolled in the Pinchas Zukerman String Program at the Manhattan School of Music, New York City.
Sunday, October 15, 2000 Cologne, Germany
Watch Maestro Pinchas Zukerman conduct a masterclass from Cologne's Conservatory of Music.