Virtual library resources class for student performers promotes flexible learning

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Now more than ever, it's essential for students to be aware of the resources available to them online.
Musical scores available online

Duke Music Librarian Laura Williams and Public Services Coordinator Sarah Griffin held a Zoom session for Professor Hsiao-mei Ku's violin and chamber music students on April 20, 2020. The session Listening to Music, Finding Scores, and Research Resources for Music presented new perspectives and resources for student performers. The students gained the knowledge to dig deeper into the musical works they are learning to play, honing online research skills that are especially important while the students are away from campus.

Ku writes, "Several years ago, as the faculty director of a DukeEngage program, I attended a leadership conference. The keynote speaker defined leadership as 'the ability to improvise.' This has resonated with me since and I have learned the merit of flexibility, which has become a crucial asset in many moments of uncertainty. I feel compelled to turn the current situation with COVID-19 into an opportunity to encourage our students to learn in multiple ways and to be intellectually flexible. With Laura's and Sarah's wonderful talent and support, we were able to broaden and deepen my violin and chamber music students' knowledge in a way I hadn't attempted before."