With schools closed nationwide, parents are looking for ways to continue their children’s education while keeping them occupied at home. Instrumental music education may be the answer parents are seeking.
Practicing Musician, a recently launched online instrumental music education service based in Seattle, WA, offers courses on 14 instruments. Each course provides content and teaching tools designed specifically to emulate the private lesson experience. Following a structure similar to Khan Academy, the acknowledged leader in remote learning, Practicing Musician is the most comprehensive and effective platform for learning music at home.
Practicing Musician’s video tutorials are taught by world-class musicians and teachers – members of the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, directors and professors from university music programs and founders of musical institutes. Each video covers only a single concept to make it easier for students to learn. After every few tutorials, students receive new exercises to practice the concepts they just learned, and Practicing Musician’s Song Libraries allow students to put concepts learned in past videos into action by playing full songs.
K-12 students and educators who beta-tested Practicing Musician for an entire school year had nothing but accolades for the service. According to Mary Ellen Stansberry-Hodges, music specialist and director of beginning band in Washington State’s Burlington-Edison School District, “Thanks to Practicing Musician, my students are leaps and bounds ahead of where they normally are at this time in the year!”
Upon receiving requests for online lessons from musicians and music educators across the nation, CEO Jake Douglass knew that he had to further music education in a time of need. After discussing with his team the quickest and most effective way to be of service, they decided to launch Practicing Musician before its planned release date, and to waive monthly fees until September 2020.
“Playing music brings joy to life and enhances well-being, which is especially necessary for those in quarantine during this crisis,” Douglass explained. “We’ve waived our $9.99 monthly fee until September 2020 and discounted our top-quality rental instruments. Instrument rentals will also include a free wire music stand, up to $250 in instrument repairs and free shipping, so we’re trying to do our small part to help.”
Furthermore, Practicing Musician wants parents, teachers and other adults to get involved with music, also allowing them to use its service free while the COVID-19 self-quarantine lasts.
Until May 10th, Practicing Musician is running a Music For Life Sweepstakes. One Grand Prize winner will receive 1 of 14 brand new instruments, repairs for one year, and one Lifetime Full Access Subscription to Practicing Musician to learn how to play their new instrument. For more information, click here: https://www.practicingmusician.com/music-for-life-sweepstakes/.
To make Practicing Musician’s service even more effective, Douglass hopes to raise additional capital to license the world’s leading assessment technology, which would allow Practicing Musician to provide feedback to students and upload an additional 2,000+ video tutorials and accompanying sheet music. “With the extra features, the service will truly emulate the private lesson experience,” Douglass says. To raise the funds, Practicing Musician launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign; for more information and an explanatory video, click HERE.
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