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praiseTime offers a unique music instruction program
praiseTime combines the best features of YouTube with expert guides. It brings together masterteachers, instructors, and students. The curriculum is Bible-based, and contains not only contemporary praise & worship songs but great hymns that have been passed from generation to generation.
Schools provide a good environment for music instruction. Most have adequate facilities, a pool of students, and caring staff. Students are motivated by learning music in group settings. In such conditions students learn not only from the teacher but from other students as well.

Unfortunately not all schools can afford a music program. A typical school band budget can go from $5,000 to $80,000 per year, not including the salary for the director.

Why a Guitar Program?
The guitar is a beautiful musical instrument—not only looks good but sounds good. It is relatively easy to learn, compared to the piano or the violin. It is practical, portable, and popular. Guitar lessons may enhance mental discipline; develop concentration skills through music performance; may enhance self-esteem and improve manual motor skills. Playing the guitar with other students develops cooperative learning skills. In addition, a program like this is easy on the pocket.

How Technology Can Be Used
YouTube has become the number one self-teaching tool on the internet. Much of the user-generated content on YouTube is instructional, do-it-yourself material that will teach just about anyone to do just about anything. Want to learn how to knit, snowboard, make enchiladas, or moonwalk? You can find it on YouTube. The success of YouTube has to do with free and easy access; everybody can post videos; users provide comments; it is relatively fast, and displays number of views, which points to the popularity of the videos.

However there are some problems with YouTube. First of all, excess of material. Searching for "guitar lessons" returns about 220,000 videos, "guitar lessons for beginners" 15,400, "Christian guitar lessons for beginners" gives 262. Even more, it is hard to find a guitar curriculum that follows a progressive order.

You can find many introductions to guitar on YouTube but offer no continuity or send you to other websites or present DVDs for sale. For instance you may find some videos from www.learnworshipguitar.com, which are actually pretty good but are geared towards a more mature audience.

Learning by watching videos only might be difficult for young beginner students (ages 7-10). Many students at this age have problems adjusting their fingers to the strings, coordinating left and right hands, keeping up with rhythm, sight-reading, etc. They make mistakes and don't even realize them unless somebody points them out. Students need someone experienced to guide them, such as a parent, relative, friend, or teacher. An expert guide at the side of the student can find and correct problems on the spot. Hence, the solution might be in combining YouTube with an Expert Guide.

Introducing praiseTime.net
praiseTime combines the best features of YouTube with expert guides. It brings together masterteachers, instructors, and students. The curriculum is Bible-based, and contains not only contemporary praise & worship songs but great hymns that have been passed from generation to generation. Every lesson includes the following sections:
  1. Devotion Time - presents a brief devotional to lift up the spirit and to set the student's mind on the word of God.
  2. Praise Time - introduces a video of the featured song so that students can sing-along and have an idea of what's coming.
  3. Learn Time - presents the music fundamentals necessary to master the intricacies of the guitar.
  4. Practice Time - provides a step by step practice approach so that students follow a sure path to progress.
  5. Share Time - makes possible interactive communication among the students enrolled in the program. Here they can ask questions and post comments.
How Does It Work
Schools recruit local teachers or church members to act as guitar instructors. They should be caring individuals that love music and children. These instructors are coached by a praiseTime Masterteacher. Instructors recruit and teach students in group sessions. They pass on the music fundamentals, technique, reading basic musical notation and tabs, basic chords and ensemble playing. Then students practice at home following step by step instructions from the praiseTime website. Every month, instructors send a video of students playing together to the Masterteacher to be evaluated. After evaluating a video, the Masterteacher gives recommendations, detects problems and offers solutions.

Tools and Materials
In order to be successful in this program each student needs a method book provided by praiseTime, access to the Website, a guitar of the appropriate size, tuner, music stand, and a pick.

Costs
For the schools: none (just provide facilities for group instruction). For the teachers $99.00 per a 4-hr training session. For the students: $9.00 per student per month plus $11.00 enrollment fee.

Program Goals
  • Provide quality guitar instruction to students unable to afford private lessons
  • Provide an avenue for music instruction for students who do not otherwise enroll in other music classes
  • Teach students basic music notation, tablature, and chords
  • Prepare students to play in praise bands and accompany a congregation
  • Provide an avenue of personal enrichment that can be lifelong
Our students are our most precious resource and as an educational institution you can have the great privilege of providing them with the gift of music. praiseTime can be a valuable tool in that direction. Let us know how we can help you in your music education program.


"guitar lessons may enhance mental discipline; develop concentration skills through music performance; may enhance self-esteem and improve manual motor skills"
"praiseTime combines the best features of YouTube with expert guides. It brings together masterteachers, instructors, and students"
"our students are our most precious resource and as an educational institution you can have the great privilege of providing them with the gift of music"