Over 68% of music educators are spending more than 10 hours per week prepping and planning for class in the new normal of virtual and hybrid learning environments. 12.4% are spending more than 20 hours per week.

If this sounds like you, we know you want your time back. We also know how to give it back.

Educators who use Practicing Musician spend an average of 2 hours per week on prepping and planning for class. Why? We provide all the materials you need in a format that you can distribute via the learning management system you already use.

Now we need to quickly create increasingly advanced content so that a greater number of educators can get their time back.

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The Music Educator Online-Learning Project was launched on July 19th, 2020 to do just that – crowdsource content for more advanced music programs so that an increasing number of educators get their time back.

We are offering to teach you how to create high quality content at home with technology you already own. Then we’ll host it on our site for free for as long as you want. Through your collaboration with our team and the 145+ educators who have already joined forces on this project, we can quickly create a completely free student AND teacher centered space for online music learning.

The process looks like this:

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This isn’t a ploy to get free labor to build out our own library. The content you create will be owned by you—the educators—and our library will be available to you free of charge. Your content will never be available on our for-profit consumer side, but the entire library of content (ours included) will be available for use online. All content will also be downloadable for students who do not have internet access at home.

In addition, we’ve developed methods to easily distribute content hosted on our site via Google Classrooms, Canvas, email, and other LMS you may already know how to use.

We’re also working with writers of the National Core Arts Standards and Model Cornerstone Assessments to develop standards based Zoom/Google Meets teaching methodologies. Together, we have already designed 23 Synchronous Learning Best Practices.

Our holistic approach is the only way we can hope to create somewhat equitable music education opportunities for all music students in the United States during the pandemic.

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We know this project sounds huge, so we hope the following information about our efficient production process provides solace. With only two Practicing Musician staff and 15 educators who spent 10 hours each, we went from not having a lesson plan to having over 1,000 video tutorials and well over 1,000 exercises and songs organized on our site in about 3 months! In fact, we’re just about to finish uploading our second round of content, which was produced in about the same amount of time.

Production Timeline Over the Next Year

Our Progress So Far

Volunteer roles include: Project Managers, Curriculum Designers, Video Producers, Sheet Music Composers/Arrangers, Video Editors, Content Managers, Curriculum Coordinators, Tech Support, Administrators, and Educator Best Practice Advisors. Click HERE to learn more about each role and join the project.

By volunteering, you will have the chance to join a new project every 30 days. You may join as many or as little projects as you wish, and you may ask to be taken off the roster at any point in time. Every time you volunteer for a new project, you will be considered a Founding Member of that project. Founding Members are different than traditional project members because there are a limited number of new projects.  In contrast, traditional project members will go back and refine the content created during old projects based on the peer review process integrated into our site.

As a Founding Member, you will receive the following after you complete your assigned tasks:

  • Your photo, quote about the benefits of music education, district, and school(s) or organization on the Founding Members of the specific project’s page on our website.

  • One personalized social media post thanking you for your contribution.

  • A Certificate of Acknowledgement that you are a founding member of the Music Educator Online-Learning Project.

  • Resume worthy experience (college/graduate students).

  • The knowledge that you will have helped hundreds of thousands (soon to be millions!) of students in music programs across the United States access EdTech and a quickly growing library of content for free. We have even seen activity from music programs in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea, and France in the last month and a half!

  • The knowledge that you have played a role in helping your own students access EdTech and a quickly growing library of content for free.

We will also throw a virtual celebration for the Founding Members of each project once the content has been launched!

Although we still need volunteers for all roles, we especially need volunteer Video Producers (educators who record short video tutorials that cover a single concept each on the instrument or method they specialize in) and Sheet Music Composers/Arrangers.

Project Manager roles will require a greater time commitment, but the skill set you will learn is invaluable. Project managers will meet as a group every week with Practicing Musician’s Chief of Staff Ed Rogan. As a National HR Executive with 25+ years experience, Ed will coach project managers on ways to engage, motivate, and recognize the efforts of all volunteers across all projects.

Spread the word to your colleagues. The more educators volunteer, the less work will be required of each educator.

This project is being led by Practicing Musician’s founder and CEO, Jake Douglass. Feel free to reach out to him at any time by emailing jake@practicingmusician.com or by calling (206)854-6076. He’s here to help.

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