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New 'Virtual Acoustics' Technology for Music Education

SAN ANTONIO, TX – To practice football, players go to the field. To practice tennis, players visit the tennis court. It’s logical — the best place to practice is where they play. However, musicians usually cannot rehearse in their performance space. Until now!

Innovative “virtual acoustics” technology is opening up new possibilities. On February 12th in San Antonio, TX, a band director from San Angelo will highlight the solution recently installed in his band room: VAE® Rehearsal System from Wenger.

What:  Demonstration of “virtual acoustics” technology for music education, which simulates a variety of performance environments to accelerate learning and preparation for concerts/contests. 2,100-sq.-ft. hotel conference room will feature 20 speakers + 2 microphones, mounted on temporary trussing and controlled by digital signal processor computer.

Where:  The Pavilion by Hilton, 200 S. Alamo St., San Antonio. Adjacent to the Texas Music Educators Assoc. (TMEA) Clinic/Convention at the Gonzalez Convention Center. TMEA is the largest event of its kind in the country, attracting 26,000 people; more than 1/3 are active music educators. The TI:ME Music Technology National Conference is held concurrently.

When: Friday, Feb. 12. Presentations run every 30 minutes during four sessions:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (breakfast served)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch served)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (refreshments)
  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (cocktail reception)

Pre-registration is encouraged because seating is limited. Attendees do not need to be registered for the TMEA Convention or TI:ME Conference.

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