ArtsBridge Summer: Important Information & FAQs

*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.

Technology & Setup

What technology/devices will I need?

  • A Zoom account (see below for details)
  • Fast internet connection (please note that if you have multiple devices streaming on the same Wi-Fi at the same time, this will likely slow your connection)
  • Computer, laptop, or tablet (phones are too small) with a decent camera and a decent mic (or separate mic – see recommendations below). In general, laptops and computers will work better than tablets.
  • Access to a printer
  • For singers: Phone or other speaker to play accompaniment tracks during classes (sound is best when accompaniment tracks are played through a speaker other than the computer or tablet you are using for Zoom)
  • For singers: Music stand or similar item (to have your printed music visible off to the side)

What external microphones does ArtsBridge recommend?

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!

  • Blue: Snowball & Snowball iCE
  • Blue: Yeti
  • Many headphones/earphones also have decent microphones (Apple’s AirPods are one example)

What external speakers does ArtsBridge recommend?

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.

On what platform will virtual classes be held?

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).

Where do I find the Zoom links for my classes?

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.

What Zoom Audio Settings should I use for the best sound quality?

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:

  • Open the Zoom app on your computer and navigate to the settings. To get to the settings, click your profile picture/initials in the top right, then click “Settings” in the drop down menu.
  • Once you’re in the settings, click “Audio” from the list on the left of the screen to open the audio settings.
  • In the audio settings, under “Music and Professional Audio,” check the box at the top that reads “Show in-meeting option to ‘Enable Original Sound’ from microphone.” You should always have original sound ON. This will keep the sound of singing from compressing and dropping suddenly in volume for the listener. When you are in a Zoom meeting, you will now have the option to turn on original sound in the top left of your screen. When the switch says “Turn original sound off” you will know that the original sound is on and vice versa.
  • Once you’ve checked the box to enable original sound in your audio settings, additional checkboxes will appear below. Make sure that the checkbox for “High fidelity music mode” is checked. The checkbox for “Echo cancellation” should either be checked or unchecked to avoid an echo without headphones (This will depend on your individual setup and space, so we recommend that you test this before classes. Staff can also help with this if you’re having trouble).

How should I set up my space for my classes?

Here are a few helpful tips for setting up your space to maximize your time on Zoom:

  1. Make sure your camera is stable. If you’re using a laptop or tablet, place it on a stable surface or use a stand so it won’t move or shake (don’t hold it in your hands!).
  2. Check your camera framing. Make sure that you have the ability to sit or stand as needed and that you will remain in the frame. 
  3. If you are using a tablet, use the camera in landscape mode (horizontal).
  4. For dance classes, if applicable, find an open floor space to take class free of furniture and clutter (approximately 6′ x 6′, if possible).
  5. Check your space and your technology before your first day of class! Make sure your space is ready so that you can dive right in when classes begin.

What is Google Classroom?

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.

How do I join Google Classroom?

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:

How can I get in touch with ArtsBridge staff?

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. 

How will I receive accompaniment tracks & sheet music for the new songs that I’m assigned during the program? 

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.

Classes & Preparation

How do I know which color group I’m in? What’s a color group?

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.

Where do I find my class schedule? What is Teamup?

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.

What songs & monologues should I prepare for the program? 

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.

What physical materials should I have for class? 

You should have a way to take notes in your classes; we suggest a notebook and pens/pencils.

Do I need headshots and resumes?

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).

Where should I be during my virtual classes? 

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).

What should I do if something comes up and I can’t make it to a class or coaching or if I’m running late?

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!).

How will initial assessments work? What should I prepare?

For details about assessments, please refer to the Assessments section on the Resource Page.

What about final assessments?

More info about final assessments will be provided during the program. 

What should I wear for initial and final assessments?

Wear audition appropriate clothing and shoes. 

What sessions will be open to parents? 

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.

When will I receive my written report?

You’ll receive a written report from the faculty within about 4 weeks of the end of the program. 

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to ArtsBridge anytime with questions! You can call/text (855) 778-2787 or email us

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