10 June 2011

World's first online bluegrass academy launching now

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass is now being launched, offering direct online instrumental tuition from some of the biggest names in bluegrass music: Tony Trischka (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Darol Anger (fiddle), Missy Raines (bass), and Mike Marshall (mandolin). Read the launch announcement here.

The Academy presents the most comprehensive beginner, intermediate, and advanced two-way video lessons, combined with online chat, forums, and exclusive interviews accessible 24/7. Hundreds of high-quality beginner, intermediate, and advanced video lessons are available for each instrument. Every student can send their teacher a recorded video of themselves practising and receive a personal video response with individualised instruction from the teacher.

A permanent link to the Academy website is being added to the BIB's right-hand column.

Update 19 June: The Academy has had a massive response from around the world in its first week of full operation, with students registering from the USA, Canada, Scotland, India, Greece, Norway, England, Germany, Italy and Spain. The Academy's CEO and founder David Butler said:

The enthusiastic embrace of the Academy of Bluegrass online has been pure enjoyment. The students are jumping right in to the Video Exchanges and making new bluegrass friends from all over the world!

Full details are available at the Academy website. Read the Academy's latest e-newsletter here.

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