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ilearnmusic.com was conceived in 2003, on a trip to Peaks Island, Maine, as co-founders James Berry and David Page came up with the idea of developing a website to produce online music lesson videos. This was before the days of Youtube, Facebook, and Web 2.0, however Mr. Berry and Mr. Page were not seeking to become the next young dot-com millionaires. The vision for the site has always been to offer accessible and free music education content organized in a clear and concise manner.
After making a completely hilarious and very politically incorrect pilot video promoting the website, James and Dave realized that they had no money to buy bandwidth to produce several videos. This posed a problem. Around this time, James' fellow music teacher Dave Arsenault proposed putting simple music classroom lesson plans and guitar resources on the website. James agreed this was a great idea and over a two year period, James and Dave A. loaded up the website with several of their own classroom ideas, lesson plans, teacher resources, and many other things that would be useful to students or teachers.
This became a popular idea and ilearnmusic.com grew to a website visited by over 80 countries worldwide, and an average of 400 visitors daily. As bandwidth and the rest of the Internet world caught up with the idea of online videos, websites such as YouTube or Google Video allowed users to post videos on their sites for free and host the storage for these videos. This fixed our bandwidth issue and now ilearnmusic.com is back to our original goal of producing original instructional videos for learning piano, guitar, and several other instruments.
In April 2006, our first original piano lesson video was produced as a graduate project - available here. Also at the same time, ilearnmusic.com began to attract more visitors and we gathered other instructional videos from YouTube and other video sources. This aspect became very successful in promoting the site, as the piano videos alone have been viewed over 850,000 times to this day. With subscribers clamoring for more lesson videos, the Piano Request series began in 2009, along with several other videos in the pipeline. Over the past few years, ilearnmusic.com has designed their own curriculum including the highly rated Guitar Camp (Learn Guitar in 5 Days) and piano methodJazz For Kids.
ilearnmusic.com has always had a vision of being the best free music education resource on the web, from offering free video instruction, to K-12 lesson plans, to music education resources, original compositions and arrangements and much much more! The site is added to on a daily basis and you can keep up with founder James Berry through his blog on the site at blog.ilearnmusic.com. Although the site is free, donations are accepted to help defray the cost of the website as well as showing your appreciation. If you feel like this site has benefitted your music education, see how you can help by checking out our Donation area. We thank you for your visits and let us know how we can continue to make ilearnmusic.com your online resource for music education.
Some of the brains behind the operation in 2006.
No, we are not in a gang.
No, we are not in a gang.