Jazz drumming legend Billy Cobham, harmonica wizard Howard Levy, and banjoist Tony Trischka all have three things in common. They're all world class musicians, they've all worked on projects nominated for the 2012 Grammy Awards, and they each have their own online school where they teach thousands of aspiring musicians around the world.
Howard Levy has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition as co-writer of "Life In Eleven" from the Flecktones album Rocket Science. Levy teaches harmonica lessons online at the Howard Levy Harmonica School, which has students from over 40 countries around the world. This is Levy's second Grammy nomination with the Flecktones, having won Best Pop Instrumental in 1997 for the song "The Sinister Minister".
Rare Bird Alert, the latest album from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and was produced by the celebrity entertainer's private teacher, Tony Trischka. Trischka started the Tony Trischka School of Banjo in 2009 which has quickly became the world's leading website for learning banjo online. It was based on this success that Tony encouraged his friends Darol Anger (fiddle), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Bryan Sutton (guitar) and Missy Raines (bass) to start their own online schools, which together became the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass.
Jazz pioneer Billy Cobham plays drums on the Donald Harrison album This is Jazz, of which Ron Carter was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on "You Are My Sunshine". Cobham launched the Billy Cobham School of Drums online last week to critical acclaim and drummers around the world are now learning drums online directly from a drum legend.
The online music schools from Howard Levy, Tony Trischka and Billy Cobham contain hundreds of high-quality video music lessons that start at a fundamental level and gradually progress to the advanced level. Unlike other static learning methods seen before on DVD or other websites, each school uses ArtistWorks’
Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks’
The 2012 Grammy winners will be announced February 12.
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ArtistWorks is an education company that enables students all over the world to study a wide range of instruments directly with virtuoso musicians using Video Exchange Technology (patent pending).