Successful Videoconferencing Instruction Since 2006

From Your Home or School!

With John Kuzmich, Jr.

Dear Music Colleague:

Videoconferencing has never been simplier. College credit available from Western State College for their listed workshops. And the prices are very affordable compared to other college and in-service workshops.

2012 Music Technology Courseware: Three Tracks

Track 1: TI:ME Workshop Course Descriptions for Level 1 and Level 2

Course Title 1: TI:ME 1A Music Technology: Electronic Instruments, MIDI Sequencing

Dates: July 9-13, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Course Title 2: TI:ME 1B Basic Skills: Software, Communications & Digital Media

Dates: July 15-20, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Course Title 3: TI:ME 2B Internet, Interactive Internet Authoring or TI:ME 2A Advanced Sequencing

Dates: July 23-27, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Course Title 4: TI:ME 2C Integrating Technology into the Music Curriculum

Dates: July 7-8, 14, 21, and 28, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Track 2: Popular Non-TI:ME Workshops With No Graduate Credit

  1. June 18-20: Mastering Music or Automatic Generating Play-Along options
  2. June 22-22: Sibelius: Entry-Intermediate Levels or Finale: Entry-Intermediate Levels
  3. August 20-24: Alternative 20 Workshops which can be customized! (1 to 5 days)

Videoconferencing Requirements:

  1. You need Broadband Internet coverage. (DSL or cable)
  2. Pentium 4 computer or equivalent with headphones or speakers with external microphone
  3. I can handle up to 15 multipoint workstations anywhere in the world with synchronous communication.
  4. A watts line will be needed for the videoconferenciing and approximate rate is about 6 cents a minute. Approximately 20 to 25 hours of watts time fees will be assessed when enrolling in the workshop and I will purchase the watts line for synchronous communications.   The advantage of the watts line is that bandwidth is not a question at all.  I have equipment and softare that all the instruction will be synchronis with both audio and video and I can also simultaneously record both for future use and playback.  And best yet, I can accommodate up to 15 multipoint workstatiions any where in the world
  5. You do not need a web cam for the videoconferencing because all screen displays will be from the software applications and all software application audio be synchronized wth the software application and the telephone watts line handles all voice commlunications simultaneously. But webcam viewing is avalable with the latest version of GoToMeeting that will be used.


  1. All videoconferecning courses will be taught as an intensive one-week online workshop.
  2. Students will need access to a computer and telephone continually from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday the entire week of this class.
  3. The class will use GoToMeeting ( online presentations with a simultaneous voice-over IP audio or telephone audio conferencing communication through the entire any of my workshops. Note: PC and Mac computers can be accessed by the teacher and vice versa, the students can access the teacher's computer. Hardware requirements are amazingly simple that nearly anybody with Internet access can match or exceed!

    • For PC-based users:
      • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
      • Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
      • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
      • Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)

      For Mac-based users:

      • Required: Mac OS® X v10.4.11 Tiger or newer
      • Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
      • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
      • Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or an Intel processor, with 512 MB of RAM or better recommended

      For iPad-based users:

      • Required: Free GoToMeeting app from the Apple App Store
      • Required: Organizer must be using GoToMeeting v4.0 build 320 or higher
      • Required: WiFi connection to use VoIP

      To use a microphone and speakers (VoIP):

      • Required: A fast broadband connection, with 384 kbps or more recommended
      • Required: Microphone and speakers, with a USB headset recommended

  4. There will be regular breaks scheduled for individual work at each student's site. But at any time during the individuial break time, it is possible to have one-to-one telephone conferencing with the teacher.
  5. The online course will provide continual online chat mode chat interaction to augment the telephone conferences.
  6. The pre-class session takes place Wednesday through Friday of the preceding week, and is mandatory for students in order to install software, test the system and confirm that they are prepared for the class. 
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to use either a speaker phone(sometimes it causes distortion) or telephone headset (doesn't create distortion) during the class presentations. A dependable, functioning telephone at each student's computer is absolutely required. sometimes a cell phone works great and some do not give clear transmission.
  8. Or use the free built-in voice-over-IP capabilities of GoToMeeting with absolutely no no long-distance telephone expenses along with presitine audio quality. You will need a microphone connected to your computer. I prefer using a USB headset with microphone and use the speakers for playback

Videoconferencing Details and Fees:

  1. Special sliding honorarium fees at: Discount Sliding Scale Fees
  2. You have no less than three choices for asynchronous conference calling by: For 2011 workshop offerings, contact John
    • Voice-Oer-IP over the Internet with no long-distance charges. It works well. suggest using a USB headset with microphone. Radio Shack and Best Buy sell them from about $10.00 to $50.00. They are light and have microphones that don't pick up your speakers if you prefer speakers over head-set listening. GoToMeeting software is used which is free to all enrollees. For details about it, go to:
    • Or use your long distance telephone service (in some cases, it may be totally free) as GoToMeeting does provide provide a free conference call number that would be classified as a long-distance phone call but with no service charges.  For example, my home phone service offers unlimited long-distance phone calls to the 48 states for only $20.00 a month.  Perhaps you have a similar plan or a better one?
    • Or use Skpe's or Vonage's free voice over IP phone service at: or and then you can call the GoToMeeting area code 630 conference call line at no expense for the entire week!!