Razzle Dazzle

This post has been a long time coming.

This past Saturday, Nick and I were in attendance at the Beck Center for the Arts Fundraiser Gala. During the fundraiser, Nick introduced and premiered a documentary entitled Razzle Dazzle. This film, which was shot between January and May of this year in partnership with St. Edward High School and Beck Center for the Arts, is a heartwarming look at the cast and crew of an annual variety show performed at Beck Center for the past 16 years. Mainly, this was a project put together by Nick and his film students, but heypoletti! had a small hand in the planning and producing of the film. 

I'm just proud we can tag along with this video and that we were able to a part of the process.

 Shooting  Razzle Dazzle  gave Nick's students a story to tell that wasn't their own. The documentary project now remains in the curriculum for each year, so that his students can learn to become better and more empathetic artists.

Shooting Razzle Dazzle gave Nick's students a story to tell that wasn't their own. The documentary project now remains in the curriculum for each year, so that his students can learn to become better and more empathetic artists.

Nick gave a speech before the premiere, and in it he talked about the students of his all-male school. In the past, the students wrote a lot of films wherein the starring roles were characters not unlike themselves; they told stories they knew they could tell because they were stories these young men had lived. But Razzle Dazzle gave them an opportunity to step into the shoes of others, look through their perspective, and tell a fantastic story worth sharing because of its poignancy.

 The "Razzle Dazzle" cast members are artists in their own right. The theater allows them to share a part of themselves which they might not otherwise get the chance to share.

The "Razzle Dazzle" cast members are artists in their own right. The theater allows them to share a part of themselves which they might not otherwise get the chance to share.

So without further ado, here's Razzle Dazzle:

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

Baldwin Wallace Community Music School: Participant Testimonials

This July, heypoletti! was asked to create videos highlighting the Summer Music Programs for the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Community Music School. The school is undergoing a re-branding effort, so it is a crucial time for them to release new marketing material that shines a spotlight on their dynamic music programs. As a former Band Camp counselor, percussion instructor, and director of the Youth Percussion Ensemble for CMS, I was beyond thrilled to help share the stories of such an amazing school.

We spent two long summer days shooting rehearsals, sectionals, recitals, recreation time, and one-on-one interviews to put a comprehensive summary together of the Summer Music Programs. With four camps included--String Camp, Band Camp, Piano Camp, and Music Theatre Camp--we definitely had our hands full with content to capture. Nick (our Director of Videography) brilliantly edited the interviews of the campers, counselors, Leaders in Training, and faculty into several compelling videos, the first of which was just released this week.

We are so proud of this work, and of the continuing partnership we have with the Community Music School. Stay on the lookout for more videos to come. In the meantime, here are the testimonials of some of the campers who love spending part of their summer with CMS:

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

"Ask An Alum" with Rob Kovacs

For my new freshman class of music majors at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, I wanted to create a video series where I interview music alumni and ask them about what their lives are like. I think it's extremely important to provide examples of what life is like outside of music school, and how you can define that as you go and in your own unique way.

The first music school alumni I interviewed was Rob Kovacs, a pianist and songwriter who graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory, and works as a pianist, teacher, and accountability coach.

My favorite advice Rob gave to music majors--or even artists of all kinds--was this:

"Music is like a tree. There's so many different branches you can go off of, and a lot of them haven't been created yet. So a lot of times you're creating your own path. [...] Try anything. Where you're at now is not going to be where you end up [...] and if it is, then you've missed a lot."

Watch the video for more from Rob, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss any future episodes.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

Clean Up Your Podcast with Simple Noise Removal

Even a free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software program like Audacity has a few tricks up its sleeves. In this video, I show you a simple way to clean up unwanted background noise from your podcast recording. I use this method every time I post a video or podcast, so it comes highly recommended. If you're working with something more complicated like recording music, the noise removal filter has to be worked very, very gently--but with something simple like speech it can be really effective.

Taking steps like these in the editing process creates a more professional product. Your podcast should be the highest quality audio you can possibly achieve, but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult or expensive! Watch the video for your lesson on using Audacity's noise removal filter.

Learn how to use Audacity's noise removal filter to clean up your podcast recordings and create a more professional product. Unwanted background noise be gone!

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

Live Workshop: "Rescue Your So-So Social Media"

Is your social media feeling bland? Do you regurgitate the same info on all your platforms, and never really feel like you've got the hang of it?

 "Rescue Your So-So Social Media" live workshop, Thursday, June 9th at 7pm EST!

"Rescue Your So-So Social Media" live workshop, Thursday, June 9th at 7pm EST!

Join me and heypoletti! followers for the first ever live workshop, where we'll be discussing ways to step up your social media presence. Stories will be shared, ideas will be pitched, and it'll just generally be a fun time for all! Don't miss it! 

Here is the link for the YouTube archive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSViDnx7z74
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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 003: Idea Generation & Quality Control

Episode 003 - Idea Generation & Quality Control

A lot of artists, musicians, and makers know they want to create a podcast or a video, they just don't know what it should be about, or if they even have something useful to say. In this episode, you'll learn what to ask yourself when narrowing down your target audience, how to figure out your authentic angle, and what to consider when naming your podcast or video series. We'll also discuss tips for quality editing in podcasting and video, as well as what not to do in the production process. Download the presentation here.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 002: Creating Digital, Social Content

Episode 002: Creating Digital, Social Content

Express your authentic self with a podcast or video, and share it with your followers. Learn how to storyboard, name, and edit your content. Artists, musicians, and makers can create interesting content in podcasts & videos. Sharing social content online increases your engagement with your audience. Learn about idea generation, storyboarding & planning, naming your podcast or video, and what not to do in the editing and production process. Download the presentation here.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

Purchasing Podcasting Equipment: USB Microphones

In this video, I discuss and review two different budget-friendly USB microphones, which are suitable for not only podcasting but also recording simple music demos:

  1. Blue Microphone Yeti, and
  2. Audio-Technica 2020USB

If you want to invest a little cash into your future podcast, and keep your setup simple, a USB microphone is an excellent way to go.

To start your podcast without having to purchase any equipment, check out "How to Record a Quick Podcast".

What is your top budget for purchasing podcasting gear?

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

How to Record a Quick Podcast

Podcasts are an effective way to get your voice heard and promote your creative project, and they couldn't be easier to create!

If you've ever wanted to start a podcast, but weren't sure you wanted to invest the money into purchasing gear, this video is for you.

"How to Record a Quick Podcast" uses equipment you already have at home, and shows you how to set up the basic needs to get your podcast started.

This is the first video in a series all about podcasting, so stay tuned for the second installment, "Purchasing Podcasting Gear: USB Microphones".

 

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

How to Name Your Business

With several entrepreneurial projects under my belt, I get asked this question many, many times:

It can be intimidating and boggling to try and come up with a unique, catchy name for a business, band, blog, or series. Sometimes it's so overwhelming, you may not know where to begin. If you're me, you may desperately try and cling to an alliterative title (I'm veering away from that, but I can't lie, it was fun). Maybe you look for something that rhymes, or something punny.

Well, don't fret. You don't have to use alliteration, and you can still have a super sweet business name. I put together a video the other day with my laptop built-in camera (read: nothing fancy) to help you with just that.

When my new Etsy shop launches soon, you'll hear all about the process for how I came up with the name--it's probably my favorite one to date. Other than that, I've named a podcast (Nerd Novice), blog (Rental Revival), music project (DRUMS+), a few friends' projects, and some projects at work. Now I love naming my business endeavors!

If you'd like to make a Statement of Purpose and a Vision Statement for your creative project, you can download this worksheet and fill one out right now!

What is the most difficult part about naming your creative project? How do you overcome the fear of choosing a bad name?
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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.