The Centre for Learning at Home offers a variety of program options for the high school student looking to take online education at a pace that works for them. Every student should have the opportunity to have a great education, even if attending a physical school is not their ideal choice. The Centre for Learning has supported families in Alberta, Canada for nearly thirty years.
The Centre for Learning at Home is one of many homeschools that has faced challenges with music education throughout the years. With a focus on online learning, programs across the world face numerous challenges when it comes to teaching music to students. After COVID, programs like The Centre for Learning at Home saw an uptick in enrollment. As COVID restrictions dwindle, many programs are thinking about how they can retain students in coming years.
Catherine Scott, who teaches online music for Grades 4 to 12 at the Centre, says “We were constantly trying to give our students the same opportunities that students normally have. There was always this barrier for band and choir and that was always something our students missed whenever they came to an online environment.”
After reviewing a survey given to students, teachers like Catherine Scott at The Centre for Learning at Home found that band and choir were two things that students felt they could only learn about through in-person schooling. “There was always this barrier for band and choir and that was always something our students missed whenever they came to an online environment.”
Homeschooling programs with an online focus have been limited to teaching music theory and music history until now. In a pursuit to maintain a creative and innovative curriculum that offered the same benefits as in-person schooling, The Centre for Learning at Home discovered the online music collaboration technology initially created from Stanford University and further developed by JackTrip Labs.
“JackTrip Virtual Studio allows the kids and myself to log into a shared server, and gives us each the ability to play and sing live as if we were in a concert hall,” Scott explains.
- JackTrip’s cloud-based technology offers a way to teach music online without the strenuous barriers of latency and poor quality audio.
- Despite being miles apart, the Alberta, Canada based program brought music students together online from over 1,000 kilometers.
- JackTrip provided an experience like being in the same room enabling an online music collaboration experience with ultra low latency.