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Self-Paced Instrument Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Flute, Voice, & Uke

Want to learn an instrument at your own pace but still want the guidance and patience of an instructor? This flex class has interaction between music learners of ANY level and a multi-instrumental professional musician & educator!
Amanda B Johnson
8 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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Over 4 weeks
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This class is taught in English.
As this 4-week FLEX class is geared towards learners of ANY musical ability or level, here are some examples of realistic goals set for each:

Beginning student example-
Adrian, who is a little shy about meeting new people, wants to try guitar after just receiving one as a birthday present. Without any experience on any musical instrument and no prior music classes, doing a self-paced class with guided learning at the beginning gives Adrian a chance to see what learning guitar would be like while getting to work with and know an instructor at a comfortable and slow pace.

Intermediate student example-
Amory, a learner of piano for 2 years, is too busy to have a set time for lessons but wants to continue practicing music reading and song performing skills with an instructor. Having custom resources created to help Amory progress into more advanced reading and performance by sharing videos with a professional musician between a busy schedule makes achieving these goals much easier!

Advanced student example-  
Morgan performs in the high school musical theater program, sometimes even as a lead that sings some of the most important numbers! However, Morgan's challenged by having to do multiple shows in a weekend and wants to work on endurance techniques while still having power with every performance. It would also help to get ready to audition for larger musical theater productions. Some of the collaborations between Morgan and instructor are geared towards specific exercises and demo reel materials for submissions that musical theater directors can consider.

Even if Adrian, Amory, and Morgan were enrolled in the same section, we'd still have many ways to interact with all learners and instructor at once while encouraging our various instrument goals and levels!
With 24 years of cumulative experience as a curriculum specialist, professional recording & performing artist, and multi-instrumental private, group, and school music educator, Amanda is offering this 4-week FLEX class as a means for helping learners strategize with musical goals in order to apply such skills to other areas of interest throughout their lives. She currently has private students throughout the US from 6-60 with many instruments that meet with her weekly. Offering weekly lessons with a self-paced approach gives her great joy by innovating learning techniques for online education that she has been specializing in since 2017.
These are some of the types of assignments that ALL learners will benefit from, regardless of current level/ability, but are able to utilize at their comfort level:
1) Searching for resources based on keywords and instructor website recommendations based on learner's goals for discussion prompts
2) Using our customized Jamboard, which instantly saves to Google Drive, to read and mark whichever music-reading resources (i.e. 5-lined staff, TABs, chord diagrams, rhythm (stick) notation, etc.) will help us reach the BIG goal for the duration of the course
--this resource will still be available to learner after the course is completed
--if learner takes more sessions with instructor, Amanda Johnson (that's me!), this Jamboard will continue to expand with our goals
3) Video collaborations: learner shares progress videos, instructor sends videos with demonstrations, encouragement, and assessment, with possible duets, trios, or quarters (pre-recorded but edited together) between instructor and/or learners
4) Sound-recording sharing: learner and/or instructor shares sound recordings that serve as practice or jam tracks; some learners will want to expand into sound-recording software, so this is an optional and interest-expressed assignment

Learners are expected to practice and interact with our weekly materials between 1-2 hours/week with an emphasis on quality, efficient techniques.
1) Instrument 2) Sound and/or video recording device --video recording is best for sharing instrument technique visually for instructor but sound recordings allow for smaller files when sharing directly from a phone 3) Chrome browser (for Jamboard) or Jamboard app on portable device for instant notational feedback 4) water, especially for vocalists!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Self-assessment IS the ultimate objective of this course. We use videos to assess performance from learner and instructor perspective, Jamboards for written and collaborative assignments, incentivize through gamification, and access many free resources for instant feedback. Learners will be given assignments on an individual basis but will be sharing in the classroom for all to see, encourage, and learn from.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
If a learner requests to work on a song with content or language that may not be assumed as age-appropriate the instructor will ask for their adult's/s' permission first.
Google Slides, Google Jamboard, and any other Google-related content will use permissions that do not require sign-in. Notation websites, such as Ultimate Guitar, will be utilized as resources that are free but may need correcting as the content is user-contributed. Any websites that have paid membership options but are free with limited time or features will be identified, such as Soundtrap (online recording software) and Noteflight (online notation software).


Amanda B Johnson
Lives in the United States
Musical learning for school subjects, recording/performing, & composing for self-expression
8 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me

Lifelong learning through music is how I live and educate. I am a professional multi-instrumental musician, performer, and recording artist from Los Angeles that traveled all over the U.S. to train classroom teachers how to integrate music into... 
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