A new online, interactive classical-music school known as ArtistWorks Classical Music Campus is set to launch on September 19 with instrumental instruction in flute, trumpet, clarinet, violin, French horn, piano, and classical guitar. Offering what it describes as “virtual master classes,” the school’s teaching artists include several musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra (Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, Principal Trumpet David Bilger, Principal Clarinet  Ricardo Morales), as well as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal French Horn Bill Caballero, Los Angeles Philharmonic First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole. Also teaching in the program are guitarist Jason Vieaux (on the faculty of the Curtis and Cleveland institutes of music) and pianist Christie Peery Skousen (on the faculty at the Peabody Institute). Students use a webcam, phone, or other video device to show instructors their progress, and teaching artists follow up with video critiques. The school offers the classes via three-month, six-month, and nine-month subscriptions. ArtistWorks, Inc. is a California-based technology and music-education company founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler. The company’s non-classical offerings include instruction in jazz and rock guitar, mandolin, double bass, fiddle, and banjo.

Posted September 4, 2012