The project is designed to provide enrichment materials on the piano repertoire in a modern multimedia format. I would like the presentations to be used by piano teachers and in classes. These presentations especially seek to use modern multimedia technology to simplify and enliven the learning experience for the student.
The project is a large one, and in its early stages. I've assigned some videos about the piano mazurka, even in their scratch format, to doctoral students in a seminar that discussed folk and nationalist idioms in the Romantic Era. Students found them lively and interesting and responded positively.
Yes, certainly. This particular grant really was essential to help get an ambitious project get off the ground. I intend to produce more videos, continue to edit and polish them, design and ultimately expand the website, and then make more efforts to spread the word about the site.
Thus far it's been primarily a matter of word of mouth, directly to colleagues, inside and out of the university, and by way of students too. Ultimately, when the project is polished and put online, the traditional modern methods of video sharing will, with a little advertising if absolutely required, give the project the "legs" it needs to travel all over the world in cyberspace.
Advice to your Colleagues:
Videos are really a powerful educational tool, but they are also complex logistically. A lot of patience may be required if trying to produce for the first time. Allow plenty of time before and after, and hire a technical assistant for the post-production if you can afford it. Such a person can save time and use their expertise to make a more polished product.