California-based music education company ArtistWorks premiered the Billy Cobham School of Drums and ArtistWorks Drum Academy on December 8th, allowing drummers for the first time to learn drums online with world-renowed jazz and drumming legend Billy Cobham. The Billy Cobham School of Drums utilizes ArtistWorks’ patent-pending video technology, allowing for two-way video exchange and interactive instruction to elevate online instruction to an unprecedented new level.
The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows Billy Cobham to teach students all over the world by presenting his full method in a series of high-quality video lessons online. Subscribing students work through the lessons and use simple web cams to submit videos to Billy Cobham for critique and guidance. Billy Cobham then reviews and responds to student videos using the ArtistWorks Video Management System (patent pending). Both student video and Billy Cobham’s response are paired together online as a “Video Exchange” for the entire community to learn from.
The Billy Cobham School of Drums will contain high-quality video lessons starting from the beginner level and progressing to the advanced level. Unlike other static learning experiences seen before on DVD or other online sites, the Billy Cobham School of Drums is a groundbreaking new model of online musical instruction that revolutionizes music education. The School of Drums takes full advantage of high-resolution video, cutting-edge social media tools, and the Internet’s interactive capabilities to create a robust learning environment. Not only do the schools offer hundreds of real-time and slow motion lessons available 24/7, they also enable teaching through personalized video exchanges with students all over the world.
Legendary jazz drummer, bandleader, composer and SABIAN endorser Billy Cobham has worked with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jack Bruce and Bobby and the Midnights among others. Cobham has performed, recorded, and produced at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) with Peter Gabriel and currently serves as an Official Patron of WOMAD. With his legendary drumming style that combines exacting precision and explosive power — Cobham is generally considered to be jazz-fusion’s greatest and most influential drummer.
“The networking on my site is both fun and functional,” says Cobham. “Students support each other while everyone explores the curriculum. There is an environment of camaraderie and unity that is essential to learning. I find the concept of being able to communicate directly with students all over the world incredibly exciting.”
The Billy Cobham School of Drums (www.cobhamdrums.com) will be part of the ArtistWorks Drum Academy (www.artistworksdrumacademy.com) which will also include schools from other professional drummers. Student membership plans are reasonably priced per school at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months, and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.
Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc is a Napa California-based technology and music education company that has created a proprietary, online “video exchange” education platform, which allows virtuoso musicians to “teach the world” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students. Using simple web cams, students are able to submit videos to their teachers for individualized critique and guidance – creating a two-way, individualized educational experience. ArtistWorks currently offers curriculums from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: jazz guitarist Andreas Oberg; harmonica master Howard Levy; fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor; turntablist DJ Qbert; pianist Christie Peery; and the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Darol Anger (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Missy Raines (bass), and Andy Hall (dobro).
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