Parent Training

Personalized training, expert instructors, and a supportive community

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Practicing Musician’s homeschool parent training is ideal for:

  • Musical parents

  • Nonmusical parents

  • Individual families

  • Homeschool co-ops

Do you want to unlock your children’s musical potential but need help facilitating their learning?

  • As a homeschool parent, teaching your children how to play a musical instrument successfully can be hard.

  • Private instructors will teach your children but will not prepare you to facilitate your children’s learning while at home.

  • Most online resources do not train parents such as yourself to provide feedback on your children’s progress.

    We want to help.

    Our parent training programs are designed to address your unique learning needs and aspirations. Whether you have an extensive background in music or none at all, our expert instructors will help you acquire the skill set necessary to facilitate your children’s music education.


    Enjoy our free, self-paced, virtual parent training courses in your homeschool parent account year-round. Receive free personalized feedback and access free one-on-one office hours during our two-week summer symposium.


    Design a custom mentorship program with our master mentors. Choose one-on-one sessions at home or group sessions at your co-op. Receive personalized resources, real-time feedback, virtual follow-ups, and a network of like-minded parents for ongoing learning .


    Experience training founded on the most recent neurological and educational research, such as cognitive load theory, increased salience theory, and brain-based learning theory – enhanced through cognitive feedback and an assessment of learning.


    We enjoy helping you help your children.

    Our expert instructors’ knowledge, real-world experience, and innovative teaching techniques will help you provide your children with the best possible instrumental music education.

    We enjoy helping you help your children.

    Our expert instructors’ knowledge, real-world experience, and innovative teaching techniques will help you provide your children with the best possible instrumental music education.

    A source of training that meets your needs.

    A source of training that meets your needs.

    Practicing Musician provides training for homeschool parents

    Smarter; not harder.
    • Personalized: we customize your learning experience to your unique needs and goals, ensuring relevancy and effectiveness.

    • Easier: work smarter, not harder, by learning on your own time at your own pace.

    • Targeted: focusing on specific areas of improvement helps you develop relevant skills more efficiently than generalized courses, workshops, and conference sessions.

    • Technology integration: effectively incorporating technology into your learning experience enhances teaching methods and outcomes.

    • Current and relevant: our training ensures you stay updated with the latest music education trends and best practices.

    • Long-term impact: personalized learning experiences lead to more sustainable growth, empowering you to continually refine your skills and accelerate your child’s learning.

    How personalized parent training works.


    First, you choose to enroll in our virtual, self-paced courses or in-person, customized mentorship program.


    Second, you learn only about topics that interest you, practicing every topic before movon toonto the next to increase comprehension.


    Third, you receive feedback from our expert teachers and mentors at every step to solidify your understanding.

    Summary of Foundational Learning Theories

    The following is a summary of learning and teaching practice founded on the most recent neurological and educational research and applied in the Practicing Musician curriculum, micro tutoring model, and professional development offerings.

    • Cognitive Load Theory: Tasks are designed to consider the extent of cognitive processing involved for learning and the relationship of new learning to prior understandings.

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    • The Myth of Multi-tasking: Each micro-lesson is designed to focus on one concept or skill at a time and develop it across multiple micro-lessons and experiences within each lesson to accelerate the conversion of short-term memory to long-term memory.
    • Increased Saliency Theory: Curricular content and micro tutoring sessions are intentionally designed to be obvious for students as to what is to be learned and why it is important to learn it.
    • Brain-based learning theory: Lessons are designed to recycle learning that occurs in multiple ways while increasing difficulty, complexity, and contextual application.
      • Spaced practice: is designed for thorough incremental lessons of study and restudy over time.
      • Retrieval practice: Curricular content and micro tutoring sessions are designed in a spiral format, intentionally revisiting concepts and skills across learning development to guide students toward developmental milestones as they implement continual improvement.
      • Interleaving: Memory reconstruction is strengthened through knowledge, concepts, and skills being retaught in various ways and in multiple contexts creating a web of interconnected memory traces.
      • Elaboration: Each video lesson has intentionally designed ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions guiding the retention of knowledge, exploration of meaning, and development of conceptual connections.
      • Dual coding theory: is accomplished in the technology through video modeling, verbal description, and printed notation, and in the micro tutoring sessions through verbal and typed feedback and aural assessment of performance.
      • Retrieval practice: is built into the curriculum by applying former lessons directly into the enhanced complexity of the following lessons through the increased difficulty of musical pieces and opportunities to apply what has been learned.
    • Cognitive feedback: Expert music teachers provide feedback at each micro tutoring session to guide students to set goals, take action to achieve their goals, and self-analyze their actions within the context of each goal.

    For a more detailed description of the learning theories Practicing Musician is built upon, including citations, click here.

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