Student receives research award to study LOLA (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming System)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Music student Holly Riley, under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca MacLeod, Associate Professor of Music Education, received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award to investigate the effectiveness of LOLA (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming System) in distance learning across collaborative styles of music. LOLA is a new low latency, high quality audio/video transmission system designed to reduce the transmission latency of both audio and video typically found in other technologies down to as little as 35 milliseconds, allowing real time performance. Theoretically, LOLA has the potential to enable music teaching online, ultimately increasing the availability of music instruction throughout the United States. Little research has been done in this area and UNCG is one of only 10 institutions in the United States currently testing and using this technology. In May, the New World Symphony agreed to partner with the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts to pilot this study. Classical, Old Time, and Jazz lessons were given and received across three different technology platforms: LOLA, Polycom, and Skype. Additional collaborators in this project included: New World Symphony Fellow, Ms. Elizabeth Phelps; Performing Arts Technology Consultant, Mr. Matt Libera; Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, Chad Eby; PhD Candidate, Ms. Christen Mack; and Associate Professor of Violin, Ms. Marjorie Bagley. This research is being supported through the Office of Undergraduate Research and UNCG's Music Research Institute.