The Australian National Academy of Music has today launched its digital music academy, meaning its musicians can continue their training at home during this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new program will deliver weekly lessons, group classes and performance opportunities, as well as presentations from industry professionals on health and wellbeing in the arts, professional development, music history and education. Students will also participate in weekly live webinars, with artists such as Simone Young, Gabor Takács-Nagy and Barbara Hannigan to feature.

Head of Piano Tim Young’s home studio. Photo supplied

“Although the nature of our performance training will temporarily be changed as we can no longer come together in person, our musicians will be able to immerse themselves in their craft in new and inspiring ways,” said Artistic Director Nick Deutsch.

ANAM has been under temporary closure since March 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisation has supported the transition in a variety of ways, including paying for students to travel home to their families, providing equipment such as iPads and microphones, assisting to upgrade internet plans as well as delivering pianos and percussion equipment where required.