Every tune has it's first note...


Open Studio co-founder Peter Martin posts his first 2-Minute Jazz on YouTube in response to  questions from his students at Northwestern University.

See this playlist of videos including this vintage footage 

Team: 2
Artists: 1
Courses: 1


Peter enlisted the help of Dan Martin (no relation) to help build a site for a worldwide community of piano players where Peter could post full length lessons every week.

Imagine that. To this day, Peter hasn't missed a week yet.

Team: 2
Artists: 1
Courses: 1


Peter and Dan build similar community-based membership sites for Brazilian jazz guitar master Romero Lubambo and acclaimed jazz drummer Greg Hutchinson, inevitably proving there was a demand for high quality "virtual" instruction from professional musicians.

Team: 2
Artists: 3
Courses: 3
New Artists: Romero Lubambo (guitar), Greg Hutchison (drums) 


Open Studio is formally a company - a single place to come for the best online jazz education.

Brian Fielding, long-standing Audible senior leadership team member, joins Open Studio as business advisor.

Open Studio launches its newest innovation, Living Notation, a completely interactive way to view the music during lessons and performances.

Team: 4
Artists: 4
Courses: 5
New Artists: Peter Sprague (guitar)


Peter and Dan quickly realize they can't do this alone and the team grows to 4 people, including a full-time video editor (Ian Martin) and a creative director (Adam Maness).

Team: 5
Artists: 6
Courses: 10
New Artists: Sean Jones (trumpet), Reuben Rogers (bass)


Open Studio kicks into high gear to produce courses from the most in demand jazz artists, while at the same time immensely expanding the  piano curriculum.

Team: 6
Artists: 9
Courses: 15
New Artists: Christian McBride (bass), Warren Wolf (vibraphone), Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums)


Open Studio membership expands to over 100 countries.

For the first time, a second pianist is brought in as an instructor, and 5-time GRAMMY award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves joins the roster.

Team: 8
Artists: 12
Courses: 19
New Artists: Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Dianne Reeves (vocals), Steve Wilson (saxophone)


By popular demand the All-Access Pass is premiered, giving access to all Open Studio courses for a single membership fee. This allows players to grow at their own pace with the freedom to try more courses.

LIVE @ Open Studio  premieres with livestreamed performances by Open Studio artists in front of a live audience.

Team: 9
Artists: 19
Courses: 32
New Artists: Helio Alves (piano), Edu Ribeiro (drums), BRS Quartet (piano, drums, guitar, bass)


Open Studio launches its 19th piano course, establishing itself as the leading jazz piano education site in the world.

The Daily Guided Practice Session app is introduced, addressing the most frequent question of "What should I practice?".

Team: 9
Artists: 19
Courses: 36

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