New York, New York (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Online Universities and Long Distance Learning are the latest buzz in education.
But way back in 1995 Bruce Arnold started the Muse-Eek Publishing Company and set about creating what would, as of this writing, be over 100 physical books and e-books, all with online access to the author, should there be any questions about the exercises or concepts set forth. Now Muse-Eek pushes the envelope again, with a new site containing a Members Area, eight week interactive workshops, free weekly video tips, full video courses, hundreds of searchable FAQs, and as usual, unprecedented access to the author via email and Skype.
“Online teaching, particularly Skype lessons are exactly the kind of tool I wish I had had growing up,” says Arnold. “I can teach someone in Japan or Brazil, and see exactly how to help them, whether it’s technique or ear training. And I have found through experience that even the most carefully structured sentence in a book can still be misinterpreted, so I’m always glad to answer questions online, if it means the student really understands what to do, and is getting what they need. That‘s something that a book alone can never give— the personal contact with an experienced teacher who cares and can see how to help you.”
Arnold has now reinvented and re-launched his site in order to give the best academic experience to the student. The Member’s Area is a section devoted exclusively to buyers of Arnold’s books where they can find more resources, and chat with others. The FAQ section contains literally thousands of questions painstakingly answered. This is a plus in more ways than one. “It’s not just that you find the answers to your questions, its also psychologically helpful. It’s so important to realize that you are not alone, that others have had the same doubts, questions and uncertainties. That’s part of learning, and keeps your sense of perspective healthy,” says Arnold.
Everyone may want to be a star, but only a handful of people have the discipline and passion to work methodically on becoming a great musician every day; dedicating countless hours to ear training, theory, and all the techniques that build a virtuoso. That is Muse-Eek’s target audience; admittedly a niche, but a devoted one. Arnold spends 2-3 hours per day answering questions online, and teaches Skype lessons regularly. This kind of attention, built one student at a time, has grown to a dedicated following of thousands of customers worldwide, all serious to study and grow in their musical endeavors.
The teaching techniques Arnold offers have been honed from over 25 years of teaching at some of the USA’s most prestigious schools. (He eventually became a teacher at Berklee, and was voted best teacher of the year in 1986.) From there he has taught at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, New York University, the New School and currently, Princeton University.
The message is coming across: when Arnold posted a Kickstarter campaign to help recover from losing his studio to Hurricane Sandy, he offered e-books and Skype lessons in exchange for donations. He exceeded his initial ask by 40%.
The new site has a motto, too: “Let’s Learn.”