The Most Reputable Florida Music Schools

Florida music schools are among the best avenues to learn the art of music production and sound engineering, since they have one of the biggest markets in the US.

Florida is one of the largest centers of the world of music. For example, several popular disc jockeys had their first spin on one of the iconic clubs in Florida. People come to Florida searching for a wonderful time, and the difference between a trained disk jockey and an untrained one can make or break someone’s vacation.

The Recording Connection as well as the F.I.R.S.T. School are just a couple of the top Florida music schools that will prepare you for a fulfilling career in the music industry.

You will learn the basics of audio engineering and music production by attending these schools and trying out your skills in a professional environment. Other benefits of this move include having the necessary connections in the industry and acquiring real-world experience.

Indeed, for people who are pursuing a music career, it is important for them to get a hands-on type of training and to get adequate education on the basics of engineering and production. On the other hand, it is important to check out what kind of education each school offers.

The F.I.R.S.T. School offers a comprehensive education in the recording arts, or film and video if that’s what you want. They have an excellent placement program for all students, so they can get hands-on experience in the field while working on getting their degree. Approximately 80% of their graduates go on to work in the field. Their staff is there to help students with career guidance, academics and student housing.

Several Florida music schools offer these types of programs.

For those who don’t have enough time to attend a regular school, however, then alternative schools are perfect for them. Their claim to fame is their unique educational approach with their mentor-apprentice method, where instead of taking classes, the Recording Connection matches you with an industry professional and allows you to work inside a real studio.

True, given that there are so many options available, picking the right school to get your music education may prove to be very difficult. It is essential to do research on Florida music schools to be able to know which one best matches your needs, talents, skills, and schedule. It helps to read up on testimonials so you will have a glimpse on what the experience in that school would be.

Downloading iPod Music-Pitfalls-Tips And Tricks

Downloading iPod music online can be a tricky business if you are not careful. You may wonder what’s there to worry about. Everyone else, even your neighbor’s dog is downloading music for iPod while he is watching TV, right? I encourage you to join me in a quick walkthrough on the pitfalls, tips and tricks of downloading iPod music.

Sure, if you are downloading from iTunes, then every worry that you may have can be laid to rest. However, if you are a little adventurous and want to try new iPod download sites, or perhaps tight in your pocket and just want to get some free music to enjoy, then the following information is important to you.

You may have probably come across free download sites, or even are downloading iPod music from them. Then I have some alarming news for you. Despite claims by these free download sites that downloading iPod music is safe, users are unknowingly downloading bundled adware and spyware when they use the download client to access these music files online. Let’s face it, the free sites need some form of revenue to keep their sites running isn’t it? The endless streams of pop-ups when downloading music are also extremely annoying.

The legality of downloading iPod music from these sites is controversial. While it is fair to say that downloading shared files produced by amateurs that are home-made, ie not commercial and copyrighted audio files is legal, you are still treading in grey areas because you never know when you are downloading copyrighted music. If you can live with all these uncertainties and vulnerabilities, then go ahead and download music from them by all means.

Since there are so many problems associated with downloading iPod music from these dubious sources, a logical conclusion would be most people would download iPod music at stores such as iTunes, eMusic, etc. Strictly speaking, if this is the only safe option other than the free download sites, then most folks would be getting their music there at $0.99 per piece or anywhere between $0.70 – $1.99 per track. This is after all cheaper than getting a CD that only contains 1 or 2 tracks you like since you can download 10 of your favorite songs from different singers instead of entire albums. But by today’s standard, this is not cheap at all. I will explain why.

What if there are download sites that offer you a lifetime access to download iPod music for a one-time fee? We are not talking about expensive country club memberships which only the well-heeled can afford. Consider this offer these sites make; a full lifetime membership for downloading iPod music – unlimited music, songs and music videos at anytime at any place in a totally secured environment free from viruses, adware and spyware at the price of a few cinema tickets and snacks thrown in. All these sound too good to be true but whether it is real or not, the music community is the best judge for it. In case you are not informed, many music enthusiasts have opted for this alternative as the mainstream resource for downloading iPod music. If you are curious and want to learn more, read my blog to get the scoop of what is happening in the music community and where people are flocking to download incredibly cheap music for their iPods.

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The Lawyers’ Definitive Guide to Video Marketing

You’ve made the choice to jump right into video to market your legal services. The move is a good one. It will help you distinguish yourself from everyone else. Here now, never before released, is my definitive guide to video marketing for lawyers.


1. Viewers get to see you
2. Viewers get to hear you
3. Viewers get to know you
4. Viewers begin to trust you before they ever walk in your door
5. You become the wise man at the top of the mountain
6. You are viewed as the legal expert
7. You are giving away information in order to gain an audience
8. Viewers see that you are a real human being
9. The image of a grumpy stuffy lawyer dissipates when a viewer sees you on video


What do I mean?

Do not use online video the same way lawyers have used TV commercials since 1973. A 30 second commercial on YouTube does nothing to help you get new clients in your door. The same is true for 60 second commercials too. Take advantage of the unlimited capacity for as much video as you can create. (There are some important caveats you need to know. More on that later.)


Explain the last case you successfully handled for a client. Tell your viewer why your client came into your office. Explain the legal issue in layman’s terms; tell the viewer what you did to help your client solve their legal problem. Then, and here’s the million dollar tip, explain to your viewer that if they have a similar problem, they should call you for more information.


Give the information away. It’s free anyway (for most consumer-level attorney specialties). If you are a personal injury attorney, or workers compensation attorney or divorce attorney, explain how things work. Your potential clients will get this information from you when they come into your office anyway. Why not give it away and allow your viewer to become a better informed and educated consumer of legal services? The internet is the ideal place to give away your information. The more you give, the more calls you should get. (There’s a lot of psychology involved in that reasoning that I will not go into here.)


When creating video, do not expect a viewer to watch you ramble endlessly. You must make your video long enough but also short enough. (How’s that for a double-sided lawyerly answer?) You want to be concise, but you do not want a short commercial. You want to explain, but you don’t want your viewer to lose attention and go elsewhere. What’s the ideal length for a relevant video? Approximately 2-3 minutes. Yes, there are always exceptions, just as in law. Some will be shorter; some will be longer.


“Can I use my webcam or little flip video camera to make these educational videos?” You could. But then you’d be wasting your time wondering why not many people are watching your videos. Your webcam is great for a quick hello to a friend or relative. The video quality is generally poor, as is the audio quality. The new generation of flip video cameras are great little hi-def video tools that were unheard of five years ago. The major drawback is that they do not work well in low-light situations and none of them have the ability to use an external microphone, which is an absolute must when creating quality video to post online.


You have two options to create attorney video:

(1) Do it yourself, or (2) Hire an experienced video company to do it for you.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, like me, you need tons of time and dedication to creating strategy, lighting, audio, video, calibrating your equipment, shooting video of you- yourself, uploading the video footage to the computer, learning how to edit, insert transitions between scenes, correct color, add stereo sound, add graphics, add intro and exit music along with any background music, shoot b-roll footage to insert into video, render the video to a quicktime or flash file, then compress that file to make it compatible to upload online. Then, you have to upload the edited video to video sharing sites, put it on your blog and website, and there’s more! You now have to optimize the text so that your videos will be found in the search engines. You must give the videos ‘tags’ and ‘keywords’ for the search engines. But there’s still more to do! Then you have to let the world know about what you’ve just created.

How? Simple. Use all of your available social media to do that. “Ugh,” you think. “All that, just for one video?” That’s right…if you want to do it properly. You’ve got to Tweet about it. You’ve got to put your video on Facebook and MySpace. You’ve got to tell your friends, relatives and acquaintances about it. “Is that all?” No. There’s more! (I feel like this is an infomercial where they say, “Wait…there’s more! For only $12.95 you get…”)

Then it’s time to start your next video…and the cycle continues. If you do not have the time or desire to learn the technical details of creating, editing and uploading your video, I strongly recommend that you skip option #1 and to directly to option #2: Hire a reputable video company to create your videos for you.

What should you look for when deciding to hire a video production company?

1. A firm with experience producing attorney videos. Do not use a video company that just finished a wedding shoot that weekend. I would also hesitate using those video companies that create video depositions. Why? Because they usually do not have experience knowing what an online viewer looking for an attorney wants in an attorney video.

2. Ask whether the video producer is a lawyer. Why is that important? A practicing lawyer has a pretty good insight into what consumers need to see, or want to see in an attorney video. A lawyer brings a particular type of experience when creating attorney video; especially an attorney video producer who has created hundreds of educational videos for use in their own marketing of their legal services.