Practicing Musician is a social purpose corporation based in Seattle Washington. Founded by Jake Douglass in 2017, Practicing Musician is world-class online instrumental music education for everyone, everywhere.
To create truly world-class online instrumental music education, we began by asking ourselves the question “why is in-person music education so effective?” On the surface level:
- In-person music lessons take place on a regular basis, and
- The student(s) receive their teacher’s undivided attention and personalized feedback during every lesson.
However, we knew that if we wanted to make our service as effective as possible, we had to further deconstruct the in-person music lesson process. What we discovered is that in-person music educators guide their students to:
- Become inspired,
- Receive and accept feedback
- Track progress, then
We also discovered that each step in this process is equally important for successful student learning. That’s why our team spent 3 years combining this process with developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and technology to create an online learning platform that imitates the in-person music education lesson process.
Students who use Practicing Musician become inspired by watching interviews and performances by our world-class teachers, learn by watching video tutorials, practice by playing sheet music, receive and accept feedback from our listener application (coming soon!), track progress over time with our achievements showcase, and repeat as often as they’d like.
By carefully designing our service to imitate in-person music lessons, Practicing Musician has proven beneficial for learners at-home as well as a supplemental teaching tool for private teachers and K-12 music educators alike. Not only is our service the most comprehensive on the market, we charge learners at-home only $9.99/month! In this way, we make sure that everyone, everywhere can access world-class music education.
That being said, our team recognizes the limitations of even the most effective world-class online music education. With a high-quality teacher, in-person music lessons are more effective.
A vast majority of music students receive their high-quality in-person music education from music educators in K-12 schools. Unfortunately, K-12 music programs lack sufficient funding. That’s why Practicing Musician will provide K-12 music educators and students access to our tools to use in their classrooms for free forever. We will also donate 100% of the profit from our at-home learner’s subscription revenue to K-12 music programs. Crowdsourcing funding in this way has the potential to raise millions of dollars every single year.
Watch the following excerpt from Jake’s International Music Education Summit presentation entitled, “Narrowing The Achievement Gap,” to learn more about our fundraising model.