The Candyman Music Education Center
No Student Showcases are Currently Scheduled
12 Days of Christmas Student Performance videos will be posted on The Candyman Facebook Page and YouTube Channel each day leading up to Christmas. The first video(s) will be posted on Sunday, December 13th and the last on Christmas Eve, Thursday, the 24th.
Students and their teachers will choose and practice their holiday/Christmas piece(s). Students/parents may record their videos and upload them using the form below by December 10th. Students may also work with their teachers to have their performances recorded during a Zoom lesson, if they choose.
Guidelines for Recording Videos
Ensure the source of light is behind the camera.
Ensure what is in the frame is pleasant to look at (nobody wants to see that basket of laundry!).
If recording with a mobile device, be sure to record horizontally. Only horizontal videos may be accepted.
While recording, be sure the camera isn’t too far away from the student and that the sound is coming through clearly.
Student performers are encouraged (not required) to dress up in holiday attire or place festive decorations in the frame to help us all get into the spirit of Christmas/Hanukkah.
Consider inviting your family to be in the video or as part of the performance!
Ensure the performing student faces the camera and speaks slowly and distinctly when introducing the song(s). They don’t have to say their name if they feel uncomfortable. If they do, first names only. They may also speak about what the song or what the season means to them, why they chose the song, how long they’ve taken lessons, what music means to them… anything they’d like! Parents or other family members may also introduce their performing student.
After their performance, students may take a deep breath and wish the audience a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays, or just smile and wave! Whatever special message they’d like to convey to their audience is welcome. They may feel free to give shout outs to relatives, their music teacher, etc. Of course, we welcome this from parents and family members as well!
We can edit your video to remove long pauses before, during, and after your performance, so don’t worry about sending over a perfectly edited video.
We're taking our Student Showcases Online!
Students are now able to perform what they're learning in their lessons on our virtual stage!
Once you have completed the sign up form, we'll get back to you with more details. All those signing up should read the information provided below:
How it Works
Students will be provided a private link and password to access our Zoom Room where they will perform.
The Showcase will be streamed live on The Candyman Facebook Page where the community audience can comment, react, and interact with the performers. After the live-stream, the video will live on the Facebook page so it can be viewed over and over.
When to Join the Zoom Room
Join the Zoom Room 15-30 minutes before the event (5:00pm - 5:15pm) so the emcee can see you, do a sound check, and work out any kinks. The live-stream starts promptly at 5:30pm, so those that log-on after 5:15pm may not be able to perform.
Performances should last approximately 5 minutes. If there is a low number of performers, more time may be allotted.
Performing with Your Teacher
Unfortunately, varying bandwidths will not allow teachers and students to perform together from different locations. You may collaborate with your teacher to do a recording and submit a YouTube video link to play during the showcase.
Set Your Background
Be sure what the audience can see behind you is pleasing and you aren't sitting in front of a window. Sunlight coming in toward you is the best light, but if you don't have that, just be sure you have some kind of light shining on your beautiful selves.
Contribute to the Live Audience
Only the performers will be in the Zoom Room, so they, along with the emcee, will serve as the live audience. All performers will unmute their microphone at the end of each performance to clap/whistle and verbally acknowledge each performance. Just like a live audience at a live show!
Feel Free to Chat with the Facebook Audience
Once you are introduced don’t feel like you have to break right in to your song right away. You are welcome to say whatever it is that you’d like. Introduce yourself, your song, etc. Whatever you’d like as long as it doesn’t put you too much over your 5 minutes limit.
Tune In To Facebook
If you have a second device, please feel free to watch the live-stream on our Facebook Page so that you can see what the audience is saying and interact with them by posting comments too. (If you do this, be sure the live-streamed video sound is turned down during your performance.)
For Minor Performers
Be sure your parent/legal guardian is with you at all times while participating in the Online Student Showcase. Invite your entire family to be a part of the showcase! They can be on screen too.
More Information about Zoom
Performers must download the free and basic version of Zoom to their computer, smartphone, tablet, or iPad with some way to broadcast audio and video (either built in or plug in). Computers/Laptops are the most efficient to use for Zoom and will free up other device(s) to watch and interact with the live-stream on Facebook.
For anyone who hasn't used an online format like Zoom before and are experiencing anxiety, there may be an opportunity to do a test run with Cindy before the day of the performance. Just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Muting and Unmuting Your Microphone
Be sure to mute your microphone when you’re not performing or clapping for a performer.
Enhancing Sound for Your Performance
Once you are in the Zoom Room, you can change your audio settings for better sound for performing music. It’s not required, but the defaults are set for speaking. You may set your audio settings as follows:
Uncheck the box, “Automatically Adjust Volume”
In Advanced Settings, check “Enable Original Sound”
Once I've got a final list, I'll send an email with the order in which everyone will perform. Let me know if you need to go earlier or later if you have something else planned, otherwise performers should plan to stay until everyone has performed.
Signups for the Student Showcases are due two days prior to the showcase. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a performance slot for those who haven't let us know their intent to perform ahead of time.
Due to time constraints, there will be 10 performances per showcase. We will continue to have Student Showcases until all sign ups have performed. Performance slots are first come, first served.
Student Showcase FAQs
Why do I have to sign up in order to perform?
The Candyman averages 300 students. If everyone came to perform, that would be quite a long concert! We try to keep our student showcases to no longer than 2 hours. When we anticipate we might go over that time, we will either ask students to keep their performance to 2 songs or schedule additional showcases to accommodate all students who would like to perform.
Because we now hold our showcases off-site, we are required to provide an estimation of time to the sound engineer and venue and if we have surprise performances, we run the risk of being asked to end the showcase before everyone's had a chance to perform.
Planning and Set-Up
We need to know what instruments/backline to set up, how many people overall will be in attendance (each student brings 1-4 people along), how many students will perform and how long their performances will take (to estimate the show length).
If I sign up to perform, but change my mind at the last minute, do I still have to perform?
Nope. At The Candyman, we understand the positive significance performing live can offer and we encourage all students to work through their fears. Teachers and staff alike, know the value of performing and the wonderful feeling of applause. Although we encourage all of our students to perform, we certainly don't want to force anyone too far out of their comfort zone. We understand that our students, especially the younger ones, may be apprehensive to perform and may experience reluctance at the last minute. However, it's better to have signed up and have the opportunity to perform, than not.
We encourage all our students to come to watch the performance regardless of performing themselves, in hopes they will be encouraged by the other students to perform at the next showcase!
Is the Student Showcase included in my lessons tuition?
There are no additional fees to participate in the student showcases.
Having said that, we ask for awareness and understanding that The Candyman Music Education Center is not a profit center. The bulk of the lesson fees go to the teachers, with a small portion covering administration, purchase and maintenance of literally thousands of dollars of equipment and gear, overhead costs for maintaining and operating the studios, and so forth. There are additional costs and a significant amount of time associated with the planning and production of student showcases.
However, The Candyman believes that student performances are a valuable part of a student's learning and relationship with music and we want to ensure that all students are provided that opportunity, even if that means we aren't able to recoup those costs. We're happy to do it!
Can my teacher sign up for me?
Teachers are unable to sign up their students unless they are signing up a group. All students or parents/guardians of minor students must sign up to perform at the student showcases by using the form to the right.