CMS Webinars

CMS Webinars are designed to provide focus to a single topic or idea. All members of The College Music Society are welcome to submit ideas for consideration for webinars.

CMS Webinar Personnel

Webinar personnel include:

The Host − The Host serves as the director and controls the flow of the session.

The Introducer − When appropriate, an Introducer acquaints attendees with the topic.

The Presenter(s) − The Presenter(s) address the topic in detail.

CMS Webinar Format

CMS uses video conference system technology provided by Zoom.US. During the webinar, the Host serves as the director and controls the flow of the session. The Host will welcome attendees and, as appropriate, acknowledge the Introducer and Presenter(s).

When appropriate, an Introducer will acquaint attendees with the topic. This introduction should be no more than three to five minutes in length. The purpose of this introduction is to place the main presentation in context. As the Introducer speaks, the Host will share any graphic examples, video, or audio files from the Host’s screen. When the presentation is over, the Introducer returns the floor to the Host or, in some instances, may pass the presentation on to the Presenter(s).

The Presenter(s) address the topic in detail. The total presentation, inclusive of all speakers, should be no more than (a) twelve minutes when an Introducer is included or (b) fifteen to seventeen minutes without an Introducer. As the Presenter(s) speak, the Host will share any graphic examples, video, or audio files from the Host’s screen. When the presentation is over, the Presenter(s) returns the floor to the Host.

The Host will moderate a Question and Answer session and will then conclude the webinar.

Developing Webinar Content

In developing webinar topics and content, please consider the following:

  • Three to five provocative points concerning the topic are sufficient.
  • The total presentation, inclusive of all speakers, should be no more than
    • twelve minutes when an Introducer is included
    • fifteen to seventeen minutes without an Introducer.
  • Graphics, PDF, audio, and video files may be used to support presentations. All attendees will be able to see and hear the files presented. Please provide these files to the Host prior to the rehearsal session for the Webinar.
  • Pointing attendees to further resources, preferably online, is an excellent way to close the presentation.

For Futher Information

Appropriate ideas should be forwarded to Tom Cook, Host of CMS Webinars <webinars@music.org>, for consideration.