Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 shutdowns, musicians have found myriad ways to continue to share art with the world.
Singers have serenaded neighbors from balconies, orchestras have created virtual concerts using videoconferencing and artists from cafe singer-songwriters to Willie Nelson have streamed live performances.
But for aspiring young musicians who are still earning their chops, times are tough. One-on-one instruction can be difficult over videoconferencing apps that default to the poor sound quality of built-in microphones and speakers.
Even so, the newly formed Teton Music School is finding a way to bring music education into its students’ homes. The nonprofit has assembled a recording studio in its Center for the Arts space so that local teachers can record lessons or video chat with students. As long as students have a decent pair of headphones they can hear their teacher playing with high-quality sound.
“Teaching music online felt challenging when we were used to sitting side by side, showing our students notes on a piano or licks on a guitar, but the students and teachers are really resilient,” said Kyle Johnson, the executive director of the music school.
Although Teton Music School has lost some students who don’t have reliable internet access, it has gained others who are looking to learn a new skill with their plentitude of time at home.
Silver Dollar sessions are back
After a month of successful livestreaming sessions with local musicians from Michael Batdorf to Cal and Teddy Linford, the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill has announced it will be extending the series through May 15.
The lineup for the sessions has yet to repeat itself, and this week is no exception as two fresh faces take the virtual stage. Pat Chadwick of Inland Isle played Tuesday, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bo Depeña, a country musician from Texas who’s a regular performer at the Silver Dollar Showroom, will play a set of Americana via Facebook Live. The session is free to attend. More information is at Facebook.com/silverdollarbarandgrill.
News from outta this world
Almost 15 million light years from earth, Messier 83 cannot be seen by the naked eye. The spiral barred galaxy lies inconspicuously near the southeastern tip of the Hydra constellation, where it was discovered in 1752 by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.
The galaxy is also the subject of astrophotographer Mike Adler’s latest image. This week Adler once again manipulated color data from collaborator Martin Pugh’s observatory in New South Wales, Australia, to create a picture that draws from 64 images taken over 22 hours.
The multicolored pinwheel pictured here is the result of light emitted from an especially active galaxy. The core of Messier 83 contains a high number of neutron stars and black holes left over from supernovas. Hydra is on its way out of our night sky here in the Northern Hemisphere, but on a clear winter night, the galaxy is visible with a pair of binoculars.