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There quite a number of TwTMs on Facebook already. This page is a very long description of what to do your first time(s). Listen to past TwTM videos to get a feel for the end result.
Try to go live around 8 pm local time on your Thursday. If you need to go a little earlier or a little later, that is fine. If you have an emergency, scroll to the bottom of this page for help.
Get set up
A day or so before your Thursday, you will be given access to the MHTP Facebook page. This allows you to post from the MHTP Page. TwTM must be broadcast from the MHTP Page, NOT from your personal Facebook page.
You are welcome to practice doing Facebook Live from your own Page at any time. It is possible to test this without anyone else being able to view it. Instructions for this are in an appropriately titled section below.
If you have never done Facebook Live before, in all honesty, it will probably take you at least an hour to get everything set up. The great thing is that once you’ve done it, it will never take that long again. A few people who have done this for MHTP have also gotten requests from friends and family to play more often for them via their own page. You might find yourself bringing more live music to your loved ones after you get used to it.
Prepare what you’re going to say
You can use this exact script for introducing yourself and closing.
You are welcome to modify that script to sound more like yourself, but you need to remain within MHTP’s scope. Remember that you are representing MHTP from the MHTP Page. If you are unsure, then just stick to the script.
Listen to what others have done for TwTM to see what works.
Prepare your music
This is your chance to showcase some of your favorite and/or most effective therapeutic tunes. You will transition from song to song as you would in a normal session. As in a normal session, it is okay to use silence appropriately.
If you are using notation, make sure you have room for your sheet music as well as the device that you’re broadcasting from.
Silence Background Noise
When setting up the space to broadcast from, be mindful of what will be in the range of your camera. Take a look at what other people have used for backgrounds for TwTM, and determine what you feel comfortable with people seeing of your living or workspace.
Aim the camera away from light fixtures. A bright light shining behind you will make you very dark. Shine the light on yourself instead.
Make sure you can’t hear the television, other people, barking dogs, or phones ringing during your playing time.
This isn’t a performance, so you don’t have to be perfect. But the less visible and auditory background noise, the better.
Test it out
To test using Facebook Live without anyone seeing it, follow the instructions below to broadcast from your phone or your laptop, with these differences:
Post from your own Page, not MHTP.
Change the settings on the post to Only Me.
The instructions in the section below go into detail about how to set up Facebook Live. Here is how you change the settings on your post to Only Me on the phone:
Here’s how to change the post settings on a laptop:
Changing who can see your post isn’t available from the MHTP Page, so you won’t be able to practice once you’re on MHTP.
Once you’ve changed the settings to Only Me, you can follow the rest of the instructions in the sections below (either to broadcast from your phone or your laptop). You will only “go live” for your own self; none of your Friends or anyone will be notified that you are live. When you’re done, you can choose to “post” the video so that you can see how you did. Again, that “post” will be seen by Only Me. No one else looking at your timeline will be able to see it.
When you’re ready to do TwTM for real, remember to switch over to MHTP’s Facebook. The sections below go into detail about the steps for doing Facebook Live from MHTP’s Page.
When you’re done testing on your own Page, be aware that these settings might “stick” for your next posts. When you are ready to do a real post from your own Page again, check that the settings are on Friends or Public or however they started. Otherwise, your Page might keep creating Only Me posts.
Broadcasting from your phone
This section shows screenshots from an iPhone. If you are using another type of phone, the process should be the same, but the images will be a little different.
To broadcast from your laptop, scroll down to the next section.
Step 1: Use the Facebook app
You can only broadcast using the app, not through a phone browser. Go to the app store to download the Facebook app for free.
Step 2: Make sure you have enough power
A fully charged, properly functioning phone should be able to make it through TwTM on battery power. If you have doubts, then plug it in.
Step 3: Start on the MHTP Facebook Page
You must begin this process on MHTP’s Page, NOT your own page. Use the search bar at the top of the app to find it.
Step 4: Scroll down on the MHTP Page to write a post
As a Page editor, you have to scroll quite a ways to get to the area of the page that allows you to post. Watch for it; the area is quite short until you click into it.
Step 5: Click into the post writing area
Touch where it says “Create a post”, and the area will expand.
Once you click Live Video, you will have a chance to do final edits and other additions before you are actually live.
Step 6: Add a donate button
After clicking Live Video, you start to see a preview of the image that you will be broadcasting.
For the next couple steps, it is easiest to continue in portrait orientation, holding the phone in your hand. Once you’re ready to go live, we recommend using landscape orientation.
Click the small button next to Start Live Video to add a donate button for MHTP.
Step 7: Optionally add your location
If you want, you can share a general area that you are broadcasting from, such as your neighborhood, city, or state.
Touch into the text of your post to see the location icon. Touch the location icon, and you’ll see suggestions for areas near you. You can type to search for a different location.
Skip this step if you do not want to share any location information.
Remember, your location is completely optional. Just skip this step if you are not comfortable sharing it.
Step 8: Go live
Now that you’re done adjusting the post, position the phone how you would like the camera to be. We recommend that you broadcast in landscape.
Check your hair, check your teeth, and press Start Live Video.
You will get a 3, 2, 1 countdown, and then you’ll be live.
Step 9: Play for about 20 minutes
Relax. Read your introduction, play your example session, read your closure.
Step 10: End broadcast
Click the Finish button.
Step 11: Post!
When you’re done with your live broadcast, you’ll be asked if you want to keep it. YES! Make sure you post it.
DO NOT DELETE. The Post part is an important step. Please don’t just walk away after clicking to end the video. Make sure that you press Post to complete the post. Otherwise, the video will go away.
Need help? Scroll to the bottom of this page for tech support.
Broadcasting from your laptop
At time of writing, Facebook only allows you to do Facebook Live from the Google Chrome browser. You must download the latest version of Google Chrome in order to broadcast from your laptop computer.
Step A: Make sure you have enough power
If you aren’t sure if your laptop can make it through 20+ minutes of video recording, then plug in.
Step B: Start on the MHTP Facebook Page
You must begin this process on MHTP’s Page, NOT your own page. Go to https://www.facebook.com/MusicforHealingandTransition/
Step C: Post as MHTP
Once you are on MHTP’s page, you need to select to post as MHTP. The default will probably show your own Profile image in the circle. If you keep yourself as the poster, you will not be able to find the option to do Facebook Live.
Step D: Select the Live option
Do NOT write anything yet. The first thing you need to do is click the option for Live.
If you don’t see the option for Live, then you’re not posting as MHTP. See the images above to switch from yourself to be MHTP.
Don’t worry: clicking Live doesn’t immediately make you go live. You will have plenty of time to preview before you are actually live.
After you click Live, you might be asked to allow Facebook to use your laptop camera. Click Allow.
If this doesn’t work, remember that you must download the latest version of Google Chrome in order to broadcast from your laptop computer.
Step E: Fill out the post
Paste the description from the script into the description area.
Optionally, click the location icon, and search for a location you feel comfortable sharing. You can pick something as generic as your state or as specific as your neighborhood. If you do not want to share this, just skip this step.
Click the coin with a heart in it to support a cause, start typing “Music for Healing”, and select the MHTP page.
Step F: Go live
Check your hair, check your teeth, and press Go Live. You will get a 3, 2, 1 countdown, and then you’ll be live.
Step G: Play for about 20 minutes
Relax. Read your introduction, play your example session, read your closure.
Step H: End broadcast
Click the red button. You might be asked to confirm that you really meant to end it.
Step I: POST IT
Once you are done being live. Facebook asks if you would like for the post to remain, or if you want to delete it. DO NOT DELETE. Select the option to post your video. That will make it available for all time. Otherwise, it will not be able to be shared or viewed later.
This is an important step. Please don’t just walk away after clicking to end the video. Make sure that you click Done or Post or whatever button that it asks you to click to complete the post (wording might be slightly different from this screenshot). Otherwise, the video will go away.
If you need tech support, please contact Karen Peterson at any time via text at 201-344-7728.