World's First Online Bluegrass Academy Goes Live

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Innovative online music academy with two-way Video Exchange™ lessons allows a new generation of bluegrass, roots and country musicians to learn banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass directly from the masters.

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ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass is also iPad and iPhone compatible.

We set a high standard for bluegrass education in '09 with opening the Tony Trischka School of Banjo. Extending this online learning concept to four more traditional instruments will play a powerful part in continuing this great American music tradition.

Bluegrass, roots and country musicians from Memphis to Melbourne will now be able to deepen their knowledge of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass online from a roster of award-winning Bluegrass luminaries with today's launch of the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass. Unlike other video-based sites and DVDs, this innovative online music academy gives students the opportunity to send their teacher a recorded video of themselves practicing and receive personal feedback and individualized instruction in the form of a video response. These videos are then paired and posted in the online Academy's Video Exchange™ library, available to all enrolled students.

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass consists of five schools: the School of Banjo with Tony Trischka, School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall, School of Fiddle with Darol Anger, School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton and School of Bass with Missy Raines.

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced players the most comprehensive Bluegrass curriculum in the world, as well as a full slate of interactive social features. Hundreds of instructional video lessons teach students everything from tuning their instruments, chords, scales and arpeggios to improvisation, bowing, picking techniques and lots of great Bluegrass tunes. For maximum progress, students receive individualized feedback from their teachers via the ArtistWorks Video Exchange™ system. Students from all the schools can meet and socialize at the Academy of Bluegrass Hub.

Commenting on the launch of the new Academy, ArtistWorks CEO David Butler said:

"We set a high standard for bluegrass education in 2009 with opening the Tony Trischka School of Banjo. Extending this online learning concept to four more traditional instruments will play a powerful role in continuing this great American music tradition."

ArtistWorks Inc is the leading online platform for music education and was one of the first companies to take advantage of the rise of the iPad and tablet devices by making it possible for users to take and make their music lessons anywhere from an airport lounge to their couch at home. The success of ArtistWorks is part of a wider growth trend in e-learning which is estimated to be worth $49.6 billion by 2014, with Asia in particular growing at an annual rate of 33.5%*.

You can learn more about the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass by going to http://www.academyofbluegrass.com

ABOUT ARTISTWORKS®            
The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to 'Teach the World' by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Students use simple webcams to record and submit videos to the Artist for critique and guidance. The Artists easily review student-submitted videos using the ArtistWorks Video Management System (patent pending). These Video Exchanges™ are posted for all subscribing students to learn from the teacher and from each other. This groundbreaking use of Video Exchanges™ for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at the Howard Levy Harmonica School, Qbert Skratch University, Peery Piano Online, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, and the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy.

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School of Banjo with Tony TrischkaSchool of Mandolin with Mike MarshallSchool of Guitar with Bryan SuttonSchool of Fiddle with Darol AngerSchool of Bass with Missy Raines