Recording video at home

A step-by-step guide to help you video a performance using everyday equipment

1. Consider what to capture

You could be videoing complete with audio or perhaps you want to focus on just the visuals of a performance to contribute to a larger project. Consider the following for your own project:

Video with audio

Recording audio at home

This step-by-step guide will help you achieve great results with everyday equipment to record your voice or instrument

1. Choose your location

This will have a huge impact on your recording's quality and it's worth considering...

Digital storage

During this lockdown period, your group may have started to produce more digital content for online rehearsals and other projects that you will need to store and share online with your members. So where can you put all this new content safely?

Livestreaming: tips from promoting groups

Two of our member promoting groups have tried out livestreaming for the very first time, with some of our Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award winners. We have collected what they learned below to help any other groups thinking about livestreaming a concert.

Covid-19: Planning for the future 1

Initial concerns for music groups at the coronavirus outbreak were about cancelling or postponing events planned in the short term and suspending regular activities.

Many groups then turned quickly to consider what they could do to keep their groups going – both from a social point of view, and musically.

Making Music has been providing support on both those fronts with resources and inspiration.

Planning for the future: Finance

As lockdown starts to be lifted, groups are thinking about whether they will be able to resume rehearsals in the coming months. Each group will be in a different position and must assess the risks and take decisions based on its own situation, location and membership.

Now is the time to research your options, talk to your members, meet as a committee and make a plan for the next three to six months or year ahead.

Making the most of online rehearsals

As questions remain about how and when we can make music together we know some groups are looking at running all their activities online for the rest of the year.  This is of course an entirely legitimate approach, but you will need a well-structured programme of activities to keep the enthusiasm and momentum going.

Whilst online activities can never replace the musical experience of an in-person rehearsal, there are opportunities to use this as a learning time to help people develop their skills and technique, whilst using repertoire that everyone enjoys.