When considering ways to both encourage collaboration and motivate my students, I think of how excited they are when they use technology. The days we spend in the computer lab, or with phones, tablets or computers in the classroom, are when students are most creative! The opportunity to use technology, especially in orchestra rehearsals where technology is not often used, seems to invigorate them. Particularly after discovering Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs,1 I decided to explore the intersection of musical collaboration and the Internet. Considering the amount of time I spend in online communities (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), and the amount of time I know my students are spending in online communities, I wondered how I could use these resources musically and whether my students would be interested in these forms of collaboration. My definition of “online musical collaboration” is quite broad. It ranges from sharing an online playlist to rehearsing over Skype, and everything between. I sought to identify any virtual environments that encouraged students to collaborate and interact. To continue reading the article, please download the PDF.