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Gefen Donates Digital Video Extension Solutions to RIMERenovation in Music Education's Concert Curriculum Assists Kids (August 18, 2004)
Based on the success of RIME's Concert Curriculum -- "the most exciting thing going on in children's programming" according to the Columbia University National Arts Journalism Program Journal -- RIME has received a grant from NASA to create an "Astronomical Concert Curriculum," and Gefen is helping to achieve that goal.
Created by composer and RIME founder Arthur Bloom, the Concert Curriculum is a yearlong program in which an entire class of middle school students creates and learns musical material that they ultimately perform with a professional orchestra. RIME's collaboration with NASA will add a science flavor to the program, culminating in something truly spectacular: "An Orchestra's Guide To The Universe" in which a young person's imagined voyage through the universe punctuates the concert. This journey will feature material and performances that students have prepared throughout the year, creating an unusual blend of professional and novice talents. The entire orchestrated performance will also be featured during "Maryland Day" at the University of Maryland.
Gefen's fiber optic, digital video extension solutions are being used to facilitate both the in-studio and live productions. "Gefen is a godsend," said Bloom, who is directing the effort. "Gefen's products enable us to maximize our tools with a minimal investment, so that one computer, for example, can do the work of many. Their digital video extenders liberate our computer monitors, and therefore liberate us as we work."
Building on the success of the original, RIME is striving to create a truly innovative and collaborative science and music educational experience that can be ported to underserved communities throughout the country. For RIME, technology is more than a means of production, it is part of their mission, and they are committed to providing the missing links that will help teachers and schools integrate technology into their curriculum. Gefen's relationship with RIME is intended to assist them in bringing understanding and access to educational facilities that may not be aware of the latest computer and audio/video support solutions available.
"Given its pedagogical potential, it is a disgrace that music education and classroom technology remain mired in the past," added Bloom. "Tap into student passion - and students are passionate about music and how it is produced - and you can improve their overall performance in school, plus open doors to a brighter future. That is why we are striving to transform what, how, and to whom music education is delivered."
Renovation In Music Education (RIME) is a nonprofit organization engaged in modernizing music education and bringing extraordinary music programs to underprivileged students. RIME develops partnership programs that enable unprecedented collaboration, and brings modern methodology and technology into the classroom. Additional information may be found at www.rimemusic.org.
Gefen provides computer and electronics connectivity solutions through its ex-tend-it Professional Series, which offers multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion technologies. Gefen's HDTV line enables high definition digital video to be split, switched and extended. A selection of HDMI, fiber optics, DVI and CAT5 cabling is available through Gefen as well as audio, USB, CAT5, PS/2, RS232 and similar peripheral support solutions. Detailed information may be found at www.gefen.com.
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