Read this page carefully before you start creating your texts or recording your videos!
There are some important guidelines for you to follow. So please read them before you start, to avoid double work.
Here are the ways you can send your files (video/audio/text):
If you’d like to use another platform to send your files, please check first with your teacher. Email, WhatsApp, iMessage, YouTube or Vimeo won’t be accepted for technical reasons.
The form to enroll in the PianoClass in Concert is at the end of this page.
We know it is a long page, but we’ve managed to make it easy to read and to follow each instruction. If not, please let us know so we can improve it.
The PianoClass in Concert is pre-recorded by each performer and published via YouTube Live by PianoClass. So, the presentation will be available worldwide.
All the pianists playing in the event should be present to interact with the audience on the YouTube live chat.
Yes. To assure a balanced visual effect at the concert, we ask that all the pianists follow this dress code:
If you want to wear a suit and/or tie, be our guest. In the same way, dresses are well accepted.
Oh! You don’t need to wear the same clothing to speak and to play the piano, but you can. Just follow the dress code for both recordings.
Yes. We do have some guidelines for you to follow and some technical tips to have the best possible result.
Try to use the best piano available to record your performance, and be sure it is well tuned. Also, consider the following prioritization:
Try to have as much light as you can for your recordings. Daylight is great, but if it brings unwanted shadows, just use lots of artificial light instead.
The better lit your setting is, the better your image and visual appeal will be for your audience.
You may use one or multiple cameras. Feel free to use cameras, smartphones or tablets for your recordings. Just be sure that they are all
Take your time to have the sound carefully tested to avoid distorted sounds from the microphone. If that happens, adjust your mic for a lower volume reception or position it farther away from the piano.
If you intend to record a separated audio file, please use the following specifications:
If you don’t know how to make a separate audio file, don’t worry. Just record it along with your video.
If you record straight from your smartphone or your tablet, you don’t need to worry about it. But it is ok if you prefer to use a special app. Anyway, you will need to check the settings to be sure they follow the guidance on the How to page.
To record on your computer, we suggest you use OBS Studio. There are great software options but all of them will require specific settings to have a good result. If you don’t have experience with this kind of software, as a friend who has it for help or record with smartphones or tablets.
This will be your chance to connect with your audience, introducing yourself and your repertoire.
Every audience (even family and friends) unconsciously (or not) asks itself: Who are you and why should I want to hear you playing this piece? Even the great musicians present their musical history to the audience. It may be written in a concert program or spoken, the audience needs this information to know the artist and connect to him/her.
The most important aspect of this introduction is that the listener could see a picture in his mind, imagining the scenes you’re describing. Use words that relate to the senses (sounds, images, feelings, smells, tastes, sights, temperatures, …). Show a story instead of just telling it.
Just to give you a few tips in case you don’t know how to start, here are some ideas:
• I’m … / My name is … /
• The piano to me … / it all started …
• I’ll play … / I’ll perform … / “John Doe” wrote the piece “this and that” inspired on …
• The part I most like … / each time I play this piece I think about …
Avoid slang and dirty words, or any jokes improper to small kids, who will surely be watching you.
You may speak freely and then write what you said. Or, you may prepare the text and memorize it for the video. Or yet, you may read it, if you know how to do this without showing that you’re reading.
Choose the option that makes you feel more comfortable, and shoot it.
Find a beautiful and peaceful well-lit place. If possible, shoot it away from the piano or, at least, in a different angle from that one you’ll use to perform your repertoire.
Be sure your face is well-lit and that is not filling the entire screen. Let your torso appear too. Avoid cameras below or above your head. The best approach to position your camera is to pretend you’re talking to a friend about your height and place the camera where your friend’s face would be.
As the PianoClass in Concert is presented worldwide, we provide subtitles in English and Portuguese.
To have the translation and subtitle edition done without driving our team insane, a word-by-word transcript of your speech will be required. You may send it in any kind of text format file (txt, doc, docx, pdf, …).
We know you’ve practiced carefully, daily, and followed all your teacher’s instructions. But even though, a little nervousness is normal when you know the time has come to show your music. It is even desired, as you’ll think faster and realize every detail of your pieces this way.
So our advice is … give yourself lots of opportunities to record your best video.
We are not saying you’ll need to record it thousands of times. You just need to accept that you may not be in your best mood every day or that you may have technical issues. So plan to have at least 3 different times reserved for that. You’ll probably make it right the first time, as planning ahead will make you feel safer and calmer. But if it doesn’t happen you’ll have time to review, practice, and do it again.
Here are our guidelines to help you save time and make the best recording.
Think about what you most want to see in a piano concert: hands and facial expressions.
You may very well use just one camera for that. Position the camera at the side of your piano in a way the audience will be able to see your hands and your face. It is easier to achieve if the camera is higher than your shoulders and with enough distance to fit the entire keyboard.
If you have multiple cameras available (smartphones and tablets do count), here are some angle suggestions:
Feel free to improvise and add different approaches. Just remember to have at least one shot showing your hands and your face.
If you’re using external microphones, testing is the best option to learn about its optimum position.
If you don’t have much experience or a professional mic, just keep a safe distance from the piano to avoid sound distortions.
There are several ways to invite your friends to watch PianoClass in Concert:
Yes, you do! There will be plenty of chatting to attend, compliments to receive, and good music to listen to.
The YouTube live chat will be available to interact directly with our audience before the event starts and until a few minutes after it is finished. Be ready to write about your pieces, your experience and give thanks for compliments there.
Reserve the time to watch the entire PianoClass in Concert and compliment your colleagues. Use this opportunity to learn about new pieces, different interpretations, and musical ideas.
If you have a way to watch the concert on your TV set, call your friends to watch with you and transform this event into an opportunity to meet them! Just don’t forget to give your online audience some attention too.
If you have any question about the PianoClass in Concert or any problems enrolling or participating, send us an email about it. We’ll add the topic and the solution to this page if it is something that may concern other students as well.