If we, the industry of high-performance audio, are to have future audiophiles, it's important that they have a gateway to understand music. With basic music education being cut out of many United States elementary and junior high-school programs the likelihood that young people will even know what Beethoven's 5th is, let alone being able to hum the opening bars, is quickly receding into the past.
What's a culture to do? Well, perhaps there's an App for that. A company has begun developing an on-line music instruction application that plans to hire THOUSANDS of music instructors to work in their on-line music programs. While few details are currently available, the program will be personalized and interactive, not merely another vid ported over to the Internet.
LiveMusicTutor.com isn't the only or even the first on-line interactive music instruction site. A site called Artistworks, eveloped by David Butler, has been offering one-on-one instruction on drums, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, dobro, harmonica, banjo, and keyboards for more than a year. The instructors at Artistworks include Mike Marshall teaching mandolin, Darol Anger teaching fiddle, Bryan Sutton teaching flatpicked guitar, Martin Taylor teaching fingerstyle guitar, and Howard Levy teaching harmonica.
One primary difference between Artistworks and LiveMusicTutor is that Artistworks has employed only well-known working musicians, while it seems that LiveMusicTutor is casting a much wider net for teachers. Because it's been in operation for several years and has continued to grow and expand, Artistworks has proven that not only is there a market for quality music instruction via the Internet, but there are also a plethora of fine players who are also fine music instructors waiting for a better way to connect with students. Hopefully, the iPad attached to the Internet will be that way.