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The events of the past year provided real opportunities for learning and innovation, particularly for those of us working in higher education for the performing arts. The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University collaborated with academic leadership of peer conservatories across the country to present a Lunch and Learn series spotlighting excellent teaching and innovative pedagogy in remote instruction.

Past Sessions

April 20: Diversity and Anti-Racism in the Conservatory Sector

Issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism have been central to the work of the conservatories over the last academic year. This panel brings together leaders from across the field to discuss what their specific organizations have done and how we might all work toward greater equality within the field.

Presenters: Carl DuPont (Peabody Institute), Derrick Gay (consultant), Joyce Griggs (Manhattan School of Music), and Christina Salgado (The Juilliard School)

April 6: Diversifying the Pipeline: The Pathway to College

Join us for a panel discussion focusing on the work of four community music partners in major cities working in the K-12 space: Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, New England Conservatory Prep in Boston, Merit School of Music in Chicago, and Play on Philly in Philadelphia. The discussion will focus on the unique challenges and approaches made by each organization to DEI work in their community music space to help develop and establish a pathway to college for each community’s unique economically underserved student populations.

Presenters: Rebecca Bogers (New England Conservatory's Preparatory School), Charles Grode (Merit School of Music), Maria Mathieson (Peabody Preparatory), and Stanford Thompson (Play On Philly and El Sistema USA)

March 23: Trauma Informed Pedagogy

Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Trauma-informed education includes examining the influence and impact on students in our schools of factors such as racism (explicit, implicit, and systematic; and microaggressions) as well as poverty, peer victimization, community violence, and bullying. This panel will examine how the pandemic has impacted our students and how we might best support them through this time.

Presenters: Michael O'Bryan (Village of Arts and Humanities), Tiffany Ortiz (Carnegie Hall), Jillian Rogers (Indiana University), and Raphael Travis (Texas State University)

March 9: Low Latency Platforms

The Future of Music Collaboration

Low Latency internet connections have been essential in this time of COVID-19 for collaborative music making. Join us for a discussion of how these platforms work and how they may continue to be a part of our world after the pandemic abates.

Presenters: Eileen Cornett (Peabody Institute), Ian Howell (New England Conservatory), Gwyn Roberts (Peabody Institute), Richard Stone (Peabody Institute), and Dana Zenobi (Butler University)

February 10: The Next Normal

The performing arts industry has been thoroughly upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues shut down, performances canceled, and artists out of work. A Brookings Institution report issued last summer estimated the damage in the fine and performing arts at almost 1.4 million jobs and $42.5 billion in sales lost.

Join us for a free virtual symposium featuring leaders in the performing arts industry discussing the impact of the pandemic and the long-term implications and opportunities for artists and organizations.

January 26: Burnout and Unlocking the Stress Cycle

The last year has been incredibly stressful for so many of us, our students and our families. Drs. Amelia and Emily Nagoski will discuss their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Our conversation will focus on what causes burnout, its impact on our bodies, and how we can move through emotional exhaustion.

Presenters: Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski

The recording of this session is only available to participants. If you registered for the webinar please check your email for information on accessing the recording

December 1: Leading With Science: An Update

Join us as we revisit the science behind the challenges of music instruction and performance in the time of COVID-19. The original presenters who joined us for this very important webinar in July are back to provide updates to the virus, its transmission, treatments, protocols, and even progress on a vaccine.

Presenters: Stephen Gange (Johns Hopkins), Jonathan Links (Johns Hopkins), and Aaron Milstone (Johns Hopkins)

November 17: Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn: The Artist's Path to the 21st Century

A discussion that focuses on the disruption of traditional models of work now impacting performing artists, conservatories, and arts organizations.

How do we move forward?
Where are the jobs?
What are the opportunities?
What are the necessary skills artists need to thrive, and how do we embrace uncertainty?

Presenters: Farouk Dey (Johns Hopkins University) and Zane Forshee (Peabody Institute)

November 3: The Recital at a Distance: Rethinking the Capstone Project

A recital – a public performance of music studied during a term of instruction – has always been an axiomatic component of a conservatory education. This session explores opportunities for creative approaches to utilizing technology and alternative options in order to fulfill recital requirements.

Presenters: Andrew Kipe (Peabody Institute) and Paul Mathews (Peabody Institute)

October 20: Moving Away from ‘No Pain, No Gain': Performance Science and Therapeutic Care in Conservatory Training

This presentation demonstrates the ways in which conservatories and music schools have partnered with medical providers to build comprehensive performing arts health programming, including diagnostic screening protocols, new student orientation modules, academic classes and policies, drop-in advising, onsite clinical care and referral networks, return-to-play guidelines, and research studies. Panelists discuss how they established and developed programs within their institutions, reflect on the challenges of creating a culture of wellness and self-advocacy in performing arts training, and share how they have adapted programs in response to COVID-19.

Presenters: Liliana Araújo (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), Serap Bastepe-Gray (Peabody Institute), Kris Chesky (University of North Texas), Sarah Hoover (Peabody Institute)

October 6: Current Trends in Admissions, Recruitment, and Enrollment Management in the Performing Arts

A panel of enrollment management professionals discuss admissions, recruitment and retention and student support in these unprecedented times.

Presenters: Robert Borden (Best Fit Education), Laura Hoffman (University of Michigan School of Music), John Huling (Peabody Institute), Fred Peterbark (Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University), and Townsend Plant (Peabody Institute)

September 22: Technology for Online Music Teaching

Explore technology options for synchronous and asynchronous online applied music teaching. Transform how lessons work by mixing up modalities and understanding which tools work best for which situations. Learn how to optimize your hardware and software setup to get the best audio and video for recording and conferencing scenarios required for online lessons. We touch on the use of software tools such as VoiceThread, Panopto, SoundTrap, and Zoom and the configuration and placement of hardware such as audio interfaces and USB microphones commonly used in online teaching scenarios.

Presenters: Theron Feist (Peabody Institute), Elizabeth Futral (Peabody Institute), Matt Morgan (Curtis Institute), David Spencer (University of Memphis), and Justin Trieger (New World Symphony)

September 8: Optimizing the Sound of Your Instrument or Voice Over Zoom

Join us as we discuss tips for selecting the best location for you and your microphone, ways you can treat your room acoustically with items you probably already have around your house, and suggestions on how to place your microphone to best reproduce your instrument or voice while still making it possible for the person on the other end of the call to hear you speaking.

Presenters: Scott Metcalfe (Peabody Institute) and Ed Tetreault (Peabody Institute)

July 28: Applied Instruction in a Remote Learning Environment Panel Discussion

Faculty from the United States and the United Kingdom will discuss their approaches to applied instruction in a remote format.

Presenters: Denyce Graves (Peabody Institute), Jeff Hellmer (University of Texas at Austin), Jonathan Bailey Holland (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Robert van Sice (Peabody Institute), Aleksander Szram (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

July 21: Chamber Music and Instrumental Ensembles in a Remote Learning Environment Panel Discussion

Conductors and Chamber Musicians discuss their approaches and ideas about ensembles in a remote format.

Presenters: Marin Alsop (Peabody Institute), Claire Chase (Harvard University), Jerry Junkin (The University of Texas at Austin), and Michael Kannen (Peabody Institute)

July 14: Music and Health in the Time of COVID-19

As performing arts programs and music schools cope with lost revenue, layoffs, and uncertain futures, the role of the arts in the midst of crisis has become more clear: throughout the country, music is being used as a powerful source of support for patients, healthcare workers, and communities as we struggle to recover from an unprecedented pandemic. This webinar will explore how artists are responding creatively to the need for healing and the opportunities that Covid-19 presents. Co-led by Dr. Sarah Hoover, Peabody’s Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships, and Community Initiatives and leader of Peabody’s musical programs at Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine.

Presenters: Sarah Hoover (Peabody Institute) and Jill Sonke (University of Florida)

July 8: Leading with Science: Returning to Music Instruction and Performance in the Time of COVID-19

A special extended topic, please join the members of the leadership team at Johns Hopkins University focused on a return to campus for the fall 2020 semester as they discuss the science behind the challenges of music instruction and performance in the time of COVID-19.

Presenters: Stephen Gange (Johns Hopkins), Jonathan Links (Johns Hopkins), and Aaron Milstone (Johns Hopkins)

July 7: Recording and Electronic Tools for Musicians

A discussion of tools and techniques for musicians working and teaching remotely:


  • Zoom: recommendations of microphones for capturing voice or instrument, optimizing placement of the microphone and camera, and ways of best configuring your available space for acoustical considerations.

  • Remote Critical Listening: Solutions for streaming full-resolution audio from Digital Audio Workstations

  • Asynchronous solutions: using video to capture a lesson, share between instructor and student, and annotate with comments at specific times within the recording.



Presenters: Scott Metcalfe (Peabody Institute), Dan Rorke (Manhattan School of Music), and Ed Tetreault (Peabody Institute)

June 30: English as a Second Language Instruction in the Time of COVID-19

Three seasoned conservatory ESL professionals share best practices and new ideas for leveraging the remote learning environment to keep ESL students engaged in developing the communication skills they will need to be successful in their conservatory studies. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels are addressed with a focus on verbal presentations, social learning, and research writing.

Presenters: Louise Borden (Colburn School), Larissa Fekete (Oberlin College), and Amy Moniot (Mandalay University)

June 23: Teaching Ear Training in a Remote Format

A presentation on teaching ear training in an online format. Topics include remote teaching and assessment of singing (prepared and at sight), transcription, and dictation.

Presenters: Dr. Jenine Brown (Peabody Institute) and Dr. Gary Karpinski (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

June 16: Instructional Design Basics: Migrating an In-person Course to a Remote Course

Presenters share an overview of remote teaching best practices and course design at scale, the advantages of a hybrid remote model, and the basics of student-centered backward course design. The conversation focuses on how faculty can remain flexible as the scenarios change in the coming months, and how the skills learned are valuable independent of delivery mode.

Presenters: Valerie Hartman (Peabody Institute) and Joseph Montcalmo (Peabody Institute)

June 9: Technology to Teach Keyboard Remotely

Discover methods for effective online piano and keyboard instruction. The presenters will discuss and demonstrate technology and strategies for synchronous and asynchronous keyboard instruction to engage students in meaningful ways.


Presenters: Mario Ajero (Stephen F. Austin State University) and Alejandro Cremaschi (University of Colorado Boulder)

June 2: Reimagining the Music Library in a Time of Crisis

Presenters will share an overview of the current landscape for digital collections in music libraries and the challenges presented when campuses moved to remote instruction in Spring 2020. The conversation will focus on supporting access to our unique collections to support performers, researchers, students and faculty. Attendees will learn how three libraries are supporting access to course materials, physical score collections, and unique ways to utilize streaming platforms to support performing arts students.

Presenters: Kathleen DeLaurenti (Peabody Institute), Michelle Oswell (Curtis Institute of Music), and Gregory Sigman (New School)