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Playing AlongDigital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance$
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Kiri Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199753451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753451.001.0001

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Music Lessons 2.0

Music Lessons 2.0

(p.155) Chapter 5 Music Lessons 2.0
Playing Along

Kiri Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on two musicians who have used YouTube and their own websites to develop multimedia online curricula for teaching rock guitar and drums. David Taub’s NextLevelGuitar.com and Nate Brown’s OnlineDrummer.com have each attracted thousands of students from around the world. The chapter shows how Taub, Brown, and their students have strategically adapted traditional pedagogical strategies and reshaped teacher-student (and student-student) relationships in a virtual transmission context. This chapter also addresses online teachers’ encounters with copyright law. Aspiring guitarists and drummers often seek out lessons because they want to learn to play songs by their favorite artists. Musicians routinely teach copyrighted material in private lessons, but publishing song lessons online can leave them vulnerable to account deletion or legal action. While bringing lessons into the digital public sphere makes them accessible to many more students, this new context also imposes new constraints on repertoire and teaching style.

Keywords:   guitar, drums, pedagogy, music lessons, online, copyright, transmission, Next Level Guitar, OnlineDrummer, YouTube

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