What’s an online concert?
Think of an online concert as an opportunity for your students to engage with a live presenter without the hassles of busing, parading students down to the gym/auditorium/cafeteria, or inviting strangers into your building (and at a fraction of the cost). If the program topic ties into your curriculum at one specific grade level, then make it a special presentation just for them; if several grades would love to participate, that’s great too!
What do I need to participate?
Not much! All you’ll need is an internet connection and some kind of computer or screen – everything from interactive whiteboards (SMART Board, Promethean, etc) to laptop/desktop computer with projector to iPhones and iPads will work. Many schools without smart boards have been using their computer labs, with students sitting at individual terminals. You will not need any microphones or cameras.
FOR LIVE EVENTS: To streamline things on concert day, each computer can go ahead and download “Zoom Client for Meetings” ahead of time. Simple download here (choose the first option).
FOR REPLAY VIDEOS: The video will be accessible at the daveruch.vids.io website for a five-day period beginning on the date of your choice! Your private password will be good for five consecutive school days, unlimited plays in unlimited classrooms.
We have several classrooms that want to participate. Is the price per classroom?
No! The price will cover as many screens or connections within your building as you’d like to use.
How do we pay you?
Simple. You will receive an invoice by email which can be paid by check through the US Mail.
If you’d prefer to pay by credit card, just contact us and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice* (no PayPal account required).
*Please note there will be a 5% surcharge added to the invoice for credit card payments to cover our costs from PayPal
How long is the concert?
LIVE EVENTS: Most concerts run 35-40 minutes, and at the end of the show, Dave will ask students if they have any questions. The teacher in each room can then use the “Chat” function to type in student questions. Dave will answer as many as there is time for, and if your class needs to move on to the next part of your day at this point, that’s no problem.
REPLAY VIDEOS: Most program videos run 40-45 minutes in length.
If the presenter can’t see and hear us, how interactive is it really?
LIVE EVENTS: It’s really interactive. Between the chat board, the polling function, and Dave’s uncanny feel for how your students may be reacting at any given moment (he’s been performing these programs live in schools for twenty years), you might be amazed. Take a look at what other educators have said about the experience.
REPLAY VIDEOS: It’s really interactive. Dave treats the entire program as if he’s standing right in your classroom talking directly to (and performing for) YOUR students. He will be asking them questions and directing them to interact with the performance with their voices, hands, hearts, and funny bones. And, if you play the video from start to finish without pausing it, students will be convinced that it’s a live event and Dave can see them.
“We just watched the show and the class loved it. I asked what they thought and they said it felt like you were right in the room with us! They participated 100% and were singing, clapping and laughing. One student said it was, ‘100% awesomeness!’ Thanks so much!” – Kate Tymeson, Grade 3 Teacher, Guilderland NY Elementary School
How should we arrange ourselves?
If you have interactive whiteboards in the classrooms, a great way to do this is to keep students right in the classroom, either seated at their desks or, for younger audiences, cozy on the classroom floor. Invite another class to join you if you like!
If you will not be in individual classrooms, gathering in groups large or small just as you would for an assembly or presentation can be fun, or go to the computer lab and each student can participate from their own terminal.
Use the “Quick Contact” tab at the bottom of your screen, call Dave at 716-884-6855, or send an email to “dave” at “daveruch.com”