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Practicing Musician is a social purpose organization based in Seattle Washington. Founded by Jake Douglass in 2017, Practicing Musician is world-class online instrumental music education for everyone, everywhere.

Private lessons are the most effective method of music education.  That’s why our team deconstructed the private lesson process.  What we discovered is that the private lesson process guides the student to become inspired, learn, practice, receive and accept feedback, track progress, then repeat – typically once a week.  Each step in the private lesson process is equally important.

Our team spent 3 years combining this process with developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and technology to create an online learning platform that emulates the private lesson experience for a fraction of the cost.

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 feedback from our listener application, track progress over time with our achievements showcase, and repeat as often as they’d like.

Vision Statement

Every person everywhere joyfully engaged in music.

Mission Statement

Create a significant and sustainable funding stream for K-12 music programs by offering world-class music education to everyone, everywhere.

Practicing Musician Values

Musician Centric

We create a path for every musician. A musician’s goal may be to play for their own enjoyment, jam with friends, perform for family, create a career, or even become famous. We are there for them every step of the way to create the opportunity for continuous learning and a lifelong journey.

Innovate and Simplify

We are solution obsessed. Historically, the musician’s journey was disconnected. We design innovative technology to simplify every musician’s journey by streamlining big ideas and time-consuming processes into easy to use tools.

Realistic Goals

We understand that the creative process is dependent upon setting realistic goals. We see the big picture and know how to get you there. Practicing Musician is the map for your journey.

Insist on the Highest Standards

We hire only world-class talent who take seriously their role in coaching others. We are committed to fostering an environment of forward thinking, leadership, and inclusion at every level.

All voices are heard

We encourage freedom of creative expression. Each person’s perspective is unique, valued, and sought. Respectful and constructive disagreement is encouraged.

Social Responsibility

We won’t sacrifice long term impact for short term results. As we innovate, we accept that immediate misunderstanding is a potential natural byproduct of the creative process.

Earned Trust

We understand that trust is built over time. We will honor our mission and commitments to produce positive shared experiences for all stakeholders.

Awareness and Well-being

We practice humility and mindfulness in our daily lives because we understand that individuals, communities, and societies are intrinsically linked. Therefore, we anticipate the response from every action we take. Ego is subordinate to objectivity.

Passion and Commitment

We immerse ourselves at all levels by working vigorously to implement all aspects of our vision, mission, and values in our operations. We evangelize for Practicing Musician at all times.


YOU MUST HAVE FUN! Playing music is fun, and we strive to make everyone’s journey the most enjoyable it can be.