ABOUT MRC

The first-of-its kind online music reading course.

Made by teachers, powered by community. 

PERSONAL BENEFITS OF

LEARNING MUSIC

Music is both an art form and a language that has been with us since the beginning of humankind.  
Playing, singing, and creating music helps us to relieve stress and worry with an enjoyable, positive form of expression.
Reading music helps us to better communicate and make music with others.

BRAIN FUNCTION

"The platform is easy to navigate and clearly understandable at every level. Kudos to the MRC team!
~ Jim McFalls
FT Lecturer, Towson University

ACADEMICS

LIFE AND SOCIAL SKILLS

"I only wish I had the opportunity to learn about music in this manner. Bravo to the entire MRC team."
~ Sue Wilson
Music Department Chair
& Director of Bands, Ridgely Middle School (ret.)

MEET THE TEAM

TODD BUTLER

INSTRUCTOR

Master of Music in Music Performance
Primary Instrument: Trumpet

JORDAN MILLS

INSTRUCTOR

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance
Primary Instruments: Piano & Voice

INSTRUCTOR

Master of Music in Music
Education
Primary Instrument:
 Cello 

ALEC LEVENTIS

COURSE MANAGER

Master of Music in
Composition
Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Our Story

In March 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic created an uncertain, unprecedented situation. People needed something positive and hopeful during this dark, isolated time. Schools scrambled to convert to online learning with no plan in place while music students and educators suffered. 

Unlike many other subjects where the curriculum could be quickly modified to online learning, teaching inherently hands-on, in-person instrumental, choral lessons, and ensemble music with no notice, plan, or resources was nearly impossible and devastating to music programs. 

For music education, the struggle was real, and the effects profound. 

Todd Butler had taught students how to read and play music for 30 years in private lessons and in the classroom, including 20 years of teaching music fundamentals courses at several colleges. He decided to use his skill set to help students and his fellow educators, knowing that music, and music education, needed to be protected and nurtured to make the world a better place, especially in such uncertain times. 

Todd recruited his close friend and fellow music educator, Jordan Mills, to help tackle the massive undertaking of creating a first-of-its-kind, innovative music education series starting with the flagship courses called Music Reading Class. The goal was to create versatile online learning courses and supplements that could be used in the classroom, at home, be optimized for mobile devices, and most importantly, be engaging and competitive with social media and video games. 

With the addition of their talented friends, Elizabeth Reinhardt and Alec Leventis, the team was complete. Over four years of development, production, and revisions resulted in the innovative, first of its kind flagship Music Reading Class courses. These versatile courses have two versions: Classic Mode and Game Mode. The strength of the courses is in the collaborative efforts of the MRC team and extended team of creators, educators, administrators, performers, and users who have helped to continually improve MRC products. 

Music Reading Class is a buy one, donate one company created by teachers and powered by a large community of music education supporters. The mission of Music Reading Class is to improve lives through music education by helping students and fellow teachers, advocating the importance of music education in our schools, and helping to teach the world to read, play, and sing music!

ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS

TOM HIRSCHMANN

Instruments: Trumpet, Bass, Guitar, Piano
TRH Music – Music scoring for TV, Film, Video Games, Commercials 

RICK TWIGG

Instruments: Drums and Percussion
Richard Twigg Photography – Photography 

FREDDIE SHAW

Instruments: Trumpet
Video Editing, Web Design, Code Ninja  

PAULA BUTLER

Instruments: Piano
Content Reviewer 

STEPHANIE R. BROPHY

Instruments: Piano and Voice
Dulany Leah Curtis & Brophy LLP – Attorney

DR. CATHLEEN JEFFCOAT

Instruments: Violin and Piano
Curriculum Reviewer  

BUY ONE, DONATE ONE

For every course purchased we’ll provide a FREE course to a child who otherwise couldn’t afford one.

Todd butler

Todd’s extensive performance and teaching experience led him to form the Music Reading Class Team and create MusicReadingClass.com. In addition to producing online educational resources, Todd is a college lecturer, trumpet instructor, clinician, performer, composer, arranger, and Yamaha Artist. Leading a talented team of close friends to create the best music courses available for all to enjoy is one of Todd’s most satisfying projects. Find out more about Todd at ToddButlerMusic.com

JORDAN MILLS

A classically trained vocalist and pianist, Jordan sings, plays, and teaches many styles of music. Jordan’s multiple talents have allowed him to enjoy an active career in performance and music education. Also, as an accomplished audio engineer and music producer, Jordan’s skills have made him an essential part of all facets of Music Reading Class as a founding team member.

ELIZABETH REINHARDT

Elizabeth is an orchestra teacher in the public school system, having worked with students from grades 3-12. She is also active in the music community as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of the MRC team and proud of their commitment to bringing music to students of all ages. 

Alec LEVENTIS

Alec is an essential member of the Music Reading Class team bringing his talents and experience as a performer, composer, and teacher. He has a B.S in Music Education and an M.M. in Music Composition and is excited to contribute to course management and development. 

Students

Music is for all ages and so is Music Reading Class! We make learning to read and play music easy and fun. Whether you are a child, an adult or a musician who never learned to read music, Music Reading Class is for you! 

When you learn to read music, it helps you to communicate and understand music at a different level. Rather than having to say “I can’t read music”, say “I Can Read It!” with Music Reading Class! 

Parents

Is your child

  • Starting school band, orchestra, or choir? 
  • Falling behind in school music classes? 
  • Far ahead and in need of extra challenges? 
  • Wanting to take, or get ahead in private lessons? 
  • In need of a fun, positive, meaningful activity? 
 

Are you a homeschool parent and/or teacher looking for the perfect music curriculum that doesn’t require a music background and is ready for use? 

Teachers

Increase student retention, raise enrollment, and strengthen music programs. We know there is rarely enough class time to help individual students. Music Reading Class supplements can help students who have fallen behind to improve their music reading skills at home while challenging advanced students.
  • MRC supplements are uniquely designed to compete with distractions such as social media or video games. Students reinforce music reading basics at home, helping them to catch-up in school ensembles, participate and have fun!
  • MRC supplements are also designed for easy in-school use, great for substitute teachers and effective use during school closings.
  • No downloading required! MRC courses are web-based on the reliable Teachable course platform
  • Academically strong and easily supported by administrations.
  • Private Lesson Instructors- Encourage students to reinforce reading fundamentals at home so you can focus on their instrument or voice!