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Each hand-selected ArtistWorks online music teacher brings many years of performing, recording and teaching experience to their online Video Exchange™ method that they want to pass on - to you.

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ArtistWorks is dedicated to providing anyone, anywhere in the world with affordable, interactive access to some of the greatest music and art teachers in the world. Our Video Exchange™ Learning Platform connects master teachers with enthusiastic amateurs in a unique social online learning environment where each interaction becomes a learning experience for all.


In 2008, former AOL executive David Butler set out to finally master jazz guitar. With no acceptable teachers in his area, he and his wife, Patricia Butler eventually built a revolutionary online platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection to get ongoing, personalized feedback from a master teacher on their own schedule, at their own pace. Today, ArtistWorks, Inc. hosts over 50,000 video lessons, features 26 teachers, and has taught tens of thousands of students from over 100 countries.

Video Exchange™ Technology

Each online learning school is built around a massive core lesson library that guides members from the fundamentals to advanced techniques. Whenever members have a question, ArtistWorks’ patent-pending technology allows members to submit practice videos and get personalized video responses from their master teacher. Each video interaction between teacher and student is paired together on the site and made available for all members to learn from. These Video Exchanges form the basis of an ever growing, ever changing online learning experience that mimics a real classroom and provides the most convenient and effective way to learn online.

Executive Team

David Butler
David Butler, Chairman ArtistWorks, Inc

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and possessed at an early age with an interest in music and a talent for computers, David graduated from the University of Maryland in 1980 with a degree in Computer Science. After a diverse career in computers and technology that included satellite ground tracking stations and ocean floor mapping, in 1988 David joined Quantum Computer Services, later to be known as AOL. Leading a small team of programmers, David and his team wrote the original AOL 1.0 software. An eleven-year AOL career culminated in him becoming the VP of Technology and Strategy for the Technology Division.

Patricia Butler
Patricia Butler, CEO ArtistWorks, Inc

Prior President & CFO of ArtistWorks, Former AVP, Private Client, Merrill Lynch. Bachelors Degree from Pennsylvania State University. In 2013 Patricia designed the business plan and enhancement of the Online Video Exchange Learning platform to focus on learning outcomes for use in higher ed, elearning and individual teachers around the world, allowing the concept to reach large global markets.

Mark Farley
Mark Farley, VP Strategy ArtistWorks, Inc

An impassioned technology entrepreneur, Mark Farley worked in large and small technology product companies during his 24 year career in Silicon Valley. He was a founding investor and judging chairperson for the California Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition and nonprofit for mentoring and growing clean technology startup companies. Farley is a past Board Member and Finance Committee Chairman of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, and helped grow their asset base from $6M to over $20M in 6 years. An MIT graduate, Farley currently holds 7 US patents, and is a board member for Zep Solar.

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