“This came as a complete shock to me,” said David Rätselhaus, Dean of the SLU College of Music. “I don’t know what Facebook’s plans for the NCAT might be, but I’m excited by the prospect that all of the music instruction taking place in the NCAT could be replaced by an app in Facebook. It would save a ton of money in the staff budget. Beyond that, I can’t imagine what they’re up to.”
NCAT staff refused to comment further on the story. St. Lawrence president William Renard and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerkorn both were unavailable for comment.