*Many of the answers below will refer you to the Resource Page. The page is password protected and the password was provided via email. If you can’t find the password, feel free to email us and we will provide it.
Below are some microphones for anyone who is interested in purchasing an external mic to use for classes and recording. Please note that students are NOT required to purchase any of the following items – they are just suggestions!
Most external speakers will suffice for playing your accompaniment during class. You can use a phone/tablet or another speaker if you have it. The Tribit XSound Go is an example of a good external speaker, but there are many more options out there!
The most important thing is that you are playing your accompaniment from a device that you can move around the room for the best sound balance. For example, if you’re using your laptop for Zoom, it’s best not to play your accompaniment from that same laptop.
All classes will be held using Zoom. Students should have their own Zoom account and should download the Zoom app on their device. It’s free to create a “Basic” account and download the app. Students do NOT need to sign up for a paid Zoom account (a free “Basic” account will suffice).
Each faculty will have their own unique Zoom link; you will use this same link every day for your classes with that faculty member. Zoom links are listed in our online schedule system Teamup. To find the link for a particular class, click on that class block in your Teamup schedule and the link will be in the “Description” section. See the “Classes & Preparation” section below for more information about Teamup.
There are a few audio settings in Zoom that will improve the sound quality for singing in classes. We’ve listed step-by-step instructions on how to enable these settings below:
Here are a few helpful tips for setting up your space to maximize your time on Zoom:
Google Classroom is a virtual space where faculty and staff can share materials (like sheet music, accompaniment tracks, and monologues) with students. Faculty may also give students “assignments” in Google Classroom during the program. Google Classroom is also where Musical Theater 2 students will submit their sheet music and where ArtSong students will submit repertoire lists prior to the start of classes. Each program (ArtSong, Dramatic Acting, Musical Theater, and Musical Theater 2) will have their own Google Classroom. Students should join their Google Classrooms no later than July 14th.
Only ArtsBridge Summer students should join the Google Classrooms (not parents/guardians/family members).
You will only be able to join Google Classroom with a Gmail account. Some school email addresses, even if hosted by Google, will not allow you to join a Google Classroom outside of their network. If that is the case, you should use a personal Gmail account to join this class. If you do not have a personal Gmail account, you can create one for free.
Students should join their Google Classrooms no later than July 14th. To join your Google Classroom, click the link below that corresponds to your program and follow the prompts:
Contact information (emails and phone numbers) for ArtsBridge’s head staff and faculty assistants will be found on the Resource Page during the program. For now, please feel free to text or call us at 855-778- 2787 or email us with questions.
If faculty assign you a new song, contact that particular faculty member’s assistant and they will ensure that you receive the accompaniment track and sheet music. We also recommend Appcompanist to singers who want access to additional accompaniment tracks leading up to and during the program. Appcompanist has a free 30-day trial.
Students will be split into smaller “color groups” within their programs. Students will take the majority of their classes in these color groups. In addition to their main color groups, students in Dramatic Acting and Musical Theater will be split into smaller subgroups (for example, Orange A & Orange B or Red A & Red B) for a few of their classes. These classes are indicated in your Teamup schedule. A list of who is in which color group is posted on the Resource Page.
ArtsBridge uses an online schedule system called Teamup. Each color group will have its own schedule. The schedule for each color group can be accessed via links on the Resource Page.
There is also a Teamup app available for Apple and Android. To access your schedule on a mobile device first download the app (called “Teamup Calendar”). When you open the app for the first time, you will be asked for a calendar link – this refers to the links that will be posted on the Resource Page. Just copy the link from the Resource Page into the app, and you’ll be able to view your schedule on your mobile device.
Refer to the “Courses & Preparation” document for your program (on the Resource Page) for specific preparation for each class, but it is always a good idea to have some back-up ideas or additional choices for material.
You should have a way to take notes in your classes; we suggest a notebook and pens/pencils.
Have electronic versions of your headshot and resume available in case faculty ask to see them during the program. If you don’t currently have a professionally taken headshot, do not worry! Use what you have (there’s no need to have new/professional photos taken for ArtsBridge Summer).
We recommend using a space where you will not be disturbed during classes and are able to work freely physically and vocally (able to make a wide range of sounds).
Call or text the faculty assistant for the applicable faculty member to let them know that you’re running late or can’t make it. Please note that attendance and promptness are very important (and definitely something the faculty will be paying attention to!).
For details about assessments, please refer to the Assessments section on the Resource Page.
More info about final assessments will be provided during the program.
Wear audition appropriate clothing and shoes.
Some large group sessions (especially our admission events!) will be open to parents. Student schedules will indicate which sessions are open to parents and these events are listed on the Resource Page as well.
You’ll receive a written report from the faculty within about 4 weeks of the end of the program.
Feel free to reach out to ArtsBridge anytime with questions! You can call/text (855) 778-2787 or email us.