IAOMEI is a network of professional music educators, PhDs, professors, educators, and industry professionals who believe in quality, affordability, and rigor in online music instruction.
Online education has the ability to democratize, universalize, and unify people regardless of geography. Everyday we see tools for online education improving and the efforts of those tools becoming a daily part of the lives of many people.
Unfortunately, not all tools are created equal, and not all online classes are made by educators with the student’s goals in mind. A bad experience in online education moves the needle backwards: it shows teachers that the tools are not ready, and it shows students that online education is cumbersome and difficult.
Music is particularly delicate in this environment owing to the fact that it has two problematic elements for online teaching: 1) Many (but not all) aspects of music training require physical manipulation of an instrument in very fine ways. 2) It is an art form that requires, at times, one-on-one feedback and lived experiences and interpretation.
We believe in online education, and we believe in music education. The goal of IAOMEI is simple: Propel and encourage online music education by elevating highly successful classes by skilled teachers.
When our reviewers examine a course, they are looking for five key factors that we have identified as the most essential elements in an online music class.
Does the teacher organize the material effectively? Do they teach, or do they simply convey information?
Are the materials easy to navigate through? Does the platform of the class help or inhibit learning?
How has the teacher incorporated media (audio, video, and other tools)? Are the video elements a sufficient resolution, and audio quality clear?
How are students invited to engage with the class? Are they given assignments, projects, or worksheets? What can they take away from the lecture?
Is the course priced appropriately? Do materials have subtitles and ADA compliancy?
There are a number of ways to assure your courses are in compliance with the IAOMEI standards. We would encourage you to join the organization as an individual or institutional member to keep up to date on the latest standards and practices.
More importantly, if you would like your courses reviewed for our Star Rating, follow the “Submit a Course” link in the heading.