Tennessee Tech University is the first public university, and the third in the state, to offer a live streamed broadcast of most of its concerts online.
Currently, students and faculty members can choose to have their concerts streamed and anyone with access to the Internet can tune into www.tntech.edu/music/live to watch the performance.
“This really increases the visibility of the department and its talented students and faculty,” said Jeremy Hansen, TTU associate horn professor, who installed and manages the video equipment. “Friends and extended families can see performances, but it not only benefits their families. The students get so excited about it.”
During October, the streaming webpage was visited more than 1,000 times. The Oct. 7 wind ensemble and Oct. 17 university orchestra concerts were particularly popular, according to the webpage analytics report, though between 50 and 100 visits were during solo student performances.
The music department and its various ensembles and faculty members are still deciding which concerts and performances will be broadcast.
The video equipment in Wattenbarger Auditorium also benefits students and faculty because they have the chance to get a recording of their performances to post online, share with friends or to submit to professional organizations.
“They enjoy sharing the video, but also a lot of the students have used them to submit to competitions and music festivals and with graduate school applications,” Hansen said.
The audio of TTU performances has been recorded for years, and there are more than 1,000 CDs of past performances in the Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library. As equipment broke with use, Hansen gradually upgraded the equipment to allow for the live-streamed performances.
“After speaking to some people at the bigger universities, I saw that it would be feasible and affordable to stream,” he said. “It’s all professional broadcast quality, and the practice is growing on university campuses.
“It’s probably exceeding expectations because the students have loved it so much.”