Information for Podium Time Guests

Welcome, future or potential guest on Podium Time! Here is an info page including questions, some help preparing for your interview, and an outline of our standard interview format. All of our discussions are casual and recorded over audio only, no grilling or traps, just curious young conductors asking questions.

Podium Time Standard Questions

Here is a list of some of the standard points that we cover. We probably won’t touch on everything, but please let us know of any that you would definitely want to or definitely not want to discuss.

  • Upcoming Programs: What is an upcoming program or opportunity that you are particularly excited about?
  • Lasting Lessons: What’s a saying, lesson, idea, or teacher that made a strong impression on you?  What points do you remember or return to often?
  • Score Study: What is your process or philosophy of Score Study? How do you approach a score for the first time, and is there a structure or process to your study? How far out do you start learning sores?
  • Shortcomings: What do you find is lacking in either music education or the education of conductors? What should young conductors spend more (or less) of their time and energy doing? If you could, what would you hypothetically change about your own training/education?
  • Hidden Gem: What’s a unknown/non-standard piece or composer that more conductors should know about.
  • “Failure:” How has an apparent failure set you up for later success? Do you have a favorite failure or embarrassing story that you learned from?
  • Advice: What advice do you have for conductors that are graduating or just starting their career? What advice do you wish you had as a student? What advice would you have given 10 years ago that you no longer agree with?
  • Paradigms: How has your view of music or conducting changed in the past five years? What new perspectives have you discovered recently, or what has changed in how you focus your time or energy?
  • Hobbies: What do you like to do outside of conducting? How do you like to  de-stress or relax? What do you wish you had more time for?
  • Billboard: If you could erect a billboard that every Conductor/Musician/Student drove past every day, what would you put on it? This could be a few words, a paragraph, a quote, an image, a score, etc.

Ensuring the Best Podcasting Experience

  • 1. Ensure that you are using a computer with enough processing speed and memory. Most desktops and laptops are fine, but Chromebooks usually do not have the necessary memory. Close all unnecessary applications, such as other internet pages, Skype, and email. Our recording software works on computers only, so no phones or tablets.
  • 2. Find a quiet place to record with good internet. Rooms with carpets and no background noise are best as there is little echo or extra noise. If you are at home, make sure that nobody else is using the internet and that you are not too far away from the WiFi router. These often cause connection problems and dropped calls.
  • 3. Please use headphones. If your sound is coming from your computer speakers, it will conflict with your microphone and create echoes or other unwanted sounds.
  • 4. The better your microphone, the better quality we can record. Microphones attached to headphones aren’t ideal because they cause sound every time you move or shift. External USB mics are best, but your computer’s built-in microphone will work if you don’t have an external mic.
  • 5. When you enter the recording room: 
     – With Firefox: After you type in your name, the website will ask if it can store data. Please hit “allow” for this, then the same for microphone access.
      – With Chrome: After you enter the room, click the padlock at the top left of your browser (next to the refresh button). Then click on “site settings” at the bottom of the menu. Find the “notifications” option and switch it to “allow.”
    -Go to a test page now to activate these settings by clicking here.
  • Note: These settings allow your computer to store a local backup of our recording in case there are any internet hiccups or disconnections. Some of our interviews would have been totally lost if not for this safeguard!
  • 6. After the interview, we will thank you to end the episode and then stop the recording. Please stay on the line so that the files can upload, and then we will let you know when it is safe to leave.

Podium Time Interview Flow

Podium Time interviews are designed to be conversational and casual. We will jump between topics and tackle new points as they arise. Please don’t be afraid to share funny or interesting stories or anecdotes. As well, bathroom or any other necessary breaks can be edited out easily. Jeremy’s job as editor is to make you sound good! We can always cut sections out, but we cannot add things in.

Here is a basic outline of what to expect:

  • 0.5. Before the Interview: We will send you a link to our chatroom the day before your interview. At the scheduled time, we will have a quick pre-chat before recording to answer any questions and get to know each other quickly. Please let us know if there are any topics you would like to focus on or avoid, or any stories you would like us to prompt (“So, tell us about the time that you…”).
  • 1. Intro and Introductions: We will say hello, introduce you by name, and then ask you to give us a brief history of your career, or your Path to the Podium. Be as specific or as general as you like. We will most likely interrupt you briefly to ask a question or ask for elaboration.
  • 2. Main Body: For the rest of the interview, we will move between topics or ask questions that will lead to more discussion. These are some of the questions at the bottom of this page. Don’t feel obligated to touch on all of them. Often, we will spend most of the episode diving deep into just one, two, or three points. The conversations will naturally flow between topics, so don’t be afraid to go on tangents or bring up new points.
  • 3. Close: Some interviews come to a natural close on their own, or we may ask for closing advice or our “Billboard” question, which often lead to more discussion. Finally, we will ask you how listeners can reach out with more questions and then thank you for joining us!

That’s the interview in a nutshell! Afterwards, we will email for press photos for the episode and let you know when it will be released. We publish on this website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and our email list. We will send you materials to share and forward the email announcement.

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