We had the opportunity to connect with Mark Murtagh and Hunter McGranahan, the co-founders of the video conferencing platform, Forte. They co-founded Forte because they believe there should be a free platform built specifically for online music lessons.

Forte radically improves online education with audio quality far superior to existing platforms. Mark worked for years as a trusted advisor to some of the top music institutions in the world, including Juilliard, The Royal College of Music, and Berklee, helping them expand access to high-quality music instruction across the globe. And before Forte, Hunter helped build the Virtual Reality initiative at the Creative Artists Agency and led the development of Magic Leap’s music education platform.

In this latest episode, Mark and Hunter shared the story behind Forte, why Forte is (and will remain!) free, and how Forte’s mission focuses on expanding access to quality music teachers anywhere in the world.


[Forte] ๐ŸŒ

Mark and Hunter are the co-founders of Forte, a free alternative to Zoom that has become the first choice for top music teachers everywhere. Forte offers features optimized for classical music lessons, including audio quality far superior to existing platforms and allowing you to hear every nuance of your student’s instrument.

Their colleagues at The Royal College of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Curtis Institute, and Berklee College of Music have even used Forte in their own programs. Nothing to download. It’s easy to use. And FREE.

๐Ÿ˜ Dear fellow music teachers, looking for online music students? Join Forte’s waitlist HERE!


[The Piano Pod ๐ŸŽ™- Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century] podcast show about ๐ŸŽน for ALL pianists

Hey, ๐ŸŽน lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast๐ŸŽ™ show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang–classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano, or works professionally in the music industry.

Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.

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