Music education has become a big thing in the past few years, only recently have we seen the rise of online training programs and music education courses that are fully online. To help pave the way for more utilization of these programs we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best music publications online. This will help for more prospective students to find their way and not have to resort to expensive face-to-face lessons, teachers or even university education (although we still strongly encourage students to aspire to higher educations).
The rise of online education can be traced by to the fully online universities like the University of Phoenix. These institutions have grown so large that they now even have bought the naming rights to the Arizona Cardinals football stadium, which further entrenches them as a legitimate institution, not to be taken lightly.
Somewhat shortly thereafter came the rise of Coursera, a complete free online education initiative which compiles courses from dozens of different universities. It was apparently started by the likes OF Harvard and other IV league schools as a way to study exactly how students take online courses. In this way anyone willing to take the courses now will be able to take advantage of a massive online research project. I would personally recommend anyone who is interested to take advantage now, before the music stops and all courses start to become paid courses. This will likely happen in the next few years, so get on it.
They still don’t allow you to get University credits that will build to a degree, but they have started to offer certification courses. In the end you will get a certificate which says you have successfully completed the class. At least it’s something. It comes with a price, however, usually around $50 USD. It may be worth the money if you are looking to spruce up the resume, but if you are simply looking to educate yourself, I would save the money and just take the free course. There is usually no difference between the free and paid courses, except of course the certificate itself (i.e. a piece of paper).
Music and Other Education Programs
Other types of training have also sprung up, including guitar courses, piano courses, and other music education programs. These types of programs, just like all others, take well to video lectures and lessons, and as such have become very popular. They are easily digestible, unlike perhaps some other programs that require more in-person experience. Guitar lesson videos, for instance, are extremely popular on YouTube.
So for anybody looking to further their education it makes perfect sense for the first place to look to be online. So much free information has been available for many years (i.e. Wikipedia, etc), but now the accredited institutions of higher education are taking to the online realm. For the erudite out there, this is a beautiful time to be alive. So much knowledge available for free, it’s really quite a gift.