Thanks in very large part to the incredible feedback and suggestions I received from you wonderful people, I have gone a long way towards formulating the nature and content of the on-line courses I will self publish and begin to release during the first quarter of 2016.
I will be making webcasts, and not webinars. Webinars take place in real time, and while they can be recorded for subsequent viewing, downloading, etc., they are fraught with peril. As in any live broadcast, glitches, technical difficulties, misspeaks and such are not “correctible”. The technology is, likewise, problematic: none of the software that powers webinars seems to be even remotely idiot-proof. As a self-avowed techno-idiot, that constituted “STEE-RIKE THREE!” for webinars.
So webcasts it will be. Each individual webcast “lecture” will run about 30-minutes in length. Each 30-minute lecture will be broken down into three roughly 10-minute “modules” that can be listened to individually or straight on through.
The first two courses I will create will consist of 12 30-minute lectures. The first will be entitled “Schubert: Chamber Music for Strings” and the second “The Late String Quartets and Quintets of Mozart.” (Yes, I am aware of the fact that these titles are about as sexy as a cold sore. I’ll work on them.)
The Alexander String Quartet has graciously offered to provide musical examples for these courses, for which we bless them, and their children, and the children’s children, and anyone else they might deem worthy of a blessing. Additionally, in order to relieve the tedium of those staring at my rapidly aging gob, I will provide illustrations where appropriate, providing I can find such illustrations in the public domain.
As for pricing, I am thinking along the lines of $5.00 per lecture, which would put a 12-lecture course at $60.00, on par with the higher priced audio-only Great Courses surveys offered on Audible. Unlike Audible courses however, mine will be downloadable in both video and MP3 audio formats.
So that’s the story as it presently stands. As I mentioned in a previous post, pending a successful rollout, I will tackle the music of the twentieth century and an extensive course on the piano music of Frédéric Chopin next. As usual, I will do my utmost to provide a balance between technical and non-technical material, with the understanding that different courses will lean in one or the other direction.