Lessonface in the News
Wanna Learn Guitar from Duane Denison?
"[Duane Denison]'s way more than just a shredder, turning out arrangements that are as ingenious as they are relentless.
"Now, aspiring pickers looking to learn some of Denison's tricks can do just that, directly from the source." Check it out on Nashville Scene.
33 Female Founders Forging Their Own Path
Many thanks to Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina for including Lessonface's Claire Cunningham among their 33 Female Founders Forging Their Own Path. Check it out at the MBA@UNC Blog.
Want to Compose a Song? Here are the steps to get you started
Greatly esteemed Lessonfacing music educator and phenomenal musician Duane Denison is offering a three-episode series on how to write a song. The series will run on the Alternative Press website from November 2014 - January 2015.
The first part has been received with tons of enthusiasm. Check it out on AltPress.com.
Columbia Teacher's College's Edlab Innovation Fellow Kate Meersschaert interviewed Lessonface Co-Founder Claire Cunningham on Lessonface, her inspirations and motto. Watch and listen.
Common Sense Media Gives Lessonface a Glowing Review
Common Sense Media, the non-profit dedicated to helping parents navigate and kids thrive in the world of media and technology did us the honor of reviewing Lessonface, and we are so happy to report that they were happy with us.
"Setting up lessons is smooth and simple; the process of searching for a teacher is also intuitive. Kids will have fun as they learn a new instrument or improve skills..." Read more.
Best of Brooklyn: Lessonface
News 12 Brooklyn
News 12 Brooklyn caught up with Lessonface and checked out a lesson with ukulele teacher Khabu Young. View the 2 min clip from News 12 Brooklyn above!
Lessonface Teachers Honored in 62nd Annual Critics Poll
Three Lessonface teachers (Natalie Cressman, Ali Ryerson, and Christian Scott) recently were named as winners in the 62nd annual Critics Poll. Check out the full results at Downbeat Magazine.
"The set up was super easy and her instructor, Dr. Krout, was absolutely amazing! He was so kind and patient with our very inexperienced 8 year old."
(mother of 3)
"Online Music Lessons with Lessonface"
Life as Leels
"Ever since [Buggy] could talk and doodle on paper she has "written" songs. She loves to sing (and will tell you she is going to be a rockstar one day) and last year, decided she wanted to play guitar." Read more
"I was very impressed with Lessonface and in particular Shawn and the things that he was able to teach while we sat in the comfort of our own home."
(mother of 3)
"Why music lessons for kids are important and an opportunity for lessons in your home"
"My 8 year old son Owen tried out two drum lessons with an amazing drum instructor named Shawn. We are in the Seattle area; Shawn is in North Carolina. Isn't technology great?!" Read more
(mother & education consultatnt)
"Bayla's teacher October actually lives in Los Angeles, and teaches Bayla once a week over the computer."
(mother & blogger)
"Easy Online Guitar Lessons with Lessonface"
"Bayla has been begging to learn how to play guitar for about three years now. Last year for Christmas, we finally got her a guitar but finances and time didn't allow us to get her some guitar lessons to go with it." Read more
"I don't want to try to add in another day of driving around. [Lessonface] eliminates that... and allows her to feel comfortable doing lessons in her home."
(mother of 3)
"Lessonface Review: it's fun to learn music at home"
My Unentitled Life
"She's never wanted to take lessons but she enjoyed taking them in her own home and online... She looks forward to her next lesson coming up this week. I can't wait for her to learn more." Read more
"Lessonface has a diverse roster of educators, from renowned touring artists to career music teachers."
"Report: Online Lesson Opportunities"
School Band & Orchestra
"Having a hard time finding good private lesson teachers in your area? While that used to be a major obstacle for school band and orchestra directors, particularly those in more remote locations, innovations in what is now commonplace technology has dramatically shifted the private lesson landscape." Read more
A Baker's Dozen and Apollo XIV
"I posted last summer about Tilly saving her babysitting money to buy a guitar. So far she has been dependent on books and YouTube videos to learn the basics of the guitar. This isn't a totally bad thing. The Beatles were all self-taught after all. I will say, though, music lessons are a good thing. A useful thing."
"Duane Denison Now Offering Live Online Guitar Lessons"
"Lessonface is proud to provie this unprecedented opportunity to learn directly from Duane Denison, a teacher listed among Spin magazine's '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.' The addition of Denison to the already strong roster at Lessonface truly demonstrates the greater accessibility to world-class teachers afforded by today's high-performing video conferencing systems."
Rohan Krishnamurthy's Master Class featured in the Thendral
Lessonface teacher Rohan Krishnamurthy's upcoming Indian Percussion Master Class was featured in the Thendral! This is our first article about Lessonface in Tamil (and hopefully not the last!).
"Achieving Absolute Fretboard Mastery - Part 2"
"In this installment, I want to continue improving your knowledge of the fretboard by touching on the topic of chords. Most of you probably know all your chords, but what I want to do wtih this series is really build your knowledge of fretboard from the very ground up."
"Achieving Absolute Fretboard Mastery - Part 1"
"What is absolute mastery? [Players] sometimes tend to learn various theories and techniques and end up forgetting them over time, which in turn means they have to spend time relearning these things over and over again."
"Guitar World Year in Review: The Top 10 Guitar Lessons of 2013"
Lessonface teacher Steve Stine made Guitar World's top 10 guitar lessons of 2013, not just once but twice. Check him out at both #3 and #5.
"Los C2C marketplaces y las oportunidades en el futuro"
"Hay funcionalidades que sólo tienen sentido para nichos específicos; por ejemplo un marketplace para lecciones de música como Lessonface.com requiere de herramientas especificas para facilitar la instrucción a distancia."
"An Introduction to Effective Use of Melody, Part 2"
"In our last lesson...we spoke about the importance of melody when it comes to soloing and explored a visual technique intended to help you write solos with stronger melodic sensibilities. In today's lesson, I'd like to pick up from where I left off and talk about a few other intervallic techniques that I like to use when composing my solos."
"Lessonface: Teaching Music via Online Video"
Slice of MIT
"...Cunningham already worked in the online education field when she first heard about musicians using Skype as a tool to teach their craft, and she saw an opportunity to provide teachers with a platform... [Lessonface] emphasizes the importance of real-time, one-on-one interactions between teacher and student... 'As exellent as [prerecorded content] may be, it doesn't have the live teacher-student interaction that you'd get from a classroom or any other live expert tutorial.'"
"Essential Blues Basics: Soloing with the Combined Minor/Major Pentatonic Scales"
"One key to becoming a more versatile blues soloist is learning to combine the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales to create guitar lines that go beyond the minor pentatonic scale... Stepping back, I should note that learning to play within both of these scales at the same time opened new doors for me as a guitar player."
"An Introduction to Effective Use of Melody"
"For many guitarists learning to play solos, it can be easy to fall into a rut - based on a certain hand position of a scale - and, in doing so, forget to play melodically. In this lesson, we will focus on learning to effectively incorporate melody into a solo. After all, iconic melodies are what set great guitar solos apart in many instances."
"Lessonface Online Music Lessons Review and Giveaway"
Funny Postpartum Lady
"...Kids can learn to sing or play music through the computer. How cool is that? Not only is it cool for the kids, but it is totally convenient for parents like me. We have football, basketball, girl scouts, and the list goes on depending on what time of the year it is. Add on that we are a military family that moves every few years, it is nice to know that your kids can keep the teacher they have formed a bond with wherever they may go."
"Music Lessons 2.0"
I Care If You Listen
"Canned content can be great, but learning to play an instrument is challenging. Having an experienced guide to show you the way is invaluable, whether you're a complete beginner, or at a stage where you're starting to fall into a rut or to plateau... Distance learning isn't the future of education. It's the present."
"Three Steps to Shred: Fundamental Daily Practice Techniques in About 15 Minutes"
"No matter your level of experience, being a guitarist involves pushing your personal boundaries with the instrument... In this column and video, I discuss some straightforward, essential practice techniques you can work into a simple, short daily routine to improve your dexterity, speed, strength and stamina to help you overcome obstacles and become a better guitar player."
April 3, 2013
"Students Dig Online Music Teachers"
"LessonFace.com, which launched in February, made its first user reviews public this week, and it's clear that students really like the live online lesson platform. The average teacher rating is 4.93 out of 5, and every reviewer said that he or she would recommend Lessonface to others."
February 17, 2013
"Lessonface - The Future of Learning Music"
"Though the underlying idea is simple, Lessonface offers a complex range of courses taught by an impressive list of notable teachers, some even having Grammy awards and hugely successful students behind their names. Whether you’re just starting out with a new instrument or you’re a seasoned musician seeking to further your skills in production or mixing techniques, there’s a class for you.'"
February 16, 2013
"Cool New Woman-Run Business of the Week - Lessonface"
January 21, 2013
January 17, 2013
"On Former Students and Musical Endeavors"
"Having an online lesson and such a flexible schedule would solve so many of those problems. No schlepping kids in the car to a lesson during rush hour. No cramming your schedule inconveniently on weekends just so you can fit everything in. How convenient would it be to be able to have the very best teachers live in your living room? LessonFace seems like such a perfect option."
If you are a member of the press and would like to learn more about what we're about and where we're going, please email Claire Cunningham at email@example.com.