What We're Reading: Music Education as Therapy

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 5:25pm
Written by AW

We believe in the therapeutic benefits of lifelong music learning. So does Billy Cobham and best-selling author and Columbia professor of neurology Dr. Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks' book Musicophilia explores "how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia." 

Legendary drummer and Billy Cobham puts Dr. Sacks' studies into practice. Mika Kaurismaki's film "Sonic Mirror" shows how Billy's performances with Okuta Percussion benefitted the autistic community in Bern, Switzerland.


How ArtistWorks Stacks Up Against Our Competitors

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 4:46pm
Written by AW

It's no secret that online education is on the rise, so with the increasing attention on education technology we wanted to compare how ArtistWorks stacks up against the competition.

Comparing ArtistWorks to TrueFire, it's not hard to see which is a better value.  Our lessons range from $20-30 per month, which is nearly 1/10 of TrueFire’s highest pricing option at $200 a month. For just $40 more you could study at ArtistWorks for a whole year!

Let's take a closer look at how ArtistWorks compares to GuitarTricks and JamPlay, each costing $14.95 and $19.95 a month respectively. The price is right, but just what to you get for your money?

Yes, both offer 24/7 live chat, backing track mp3 downloads, community features, forums, tabs/music notation, customer service helpline, and an ad-free site…. but what about the actual learning process?

What Our Students are Saying about: Mandolin Lessons

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 2:26pm
Written by AW

Check out this great testimonial by School of Mandolin student David Mold. David runs the blog Mandoliniana and is an active member of the number one forum for mandolin, Mandolin Cafe. We welcome testimonials from students across all ArtistWorks schools!