How To: Get Started On Pressible

If you are new to the Music & Music Education blog, you might be wondering how one gets started. Never fear: here are some steps/guidelines! Once you’re all set, come back to this post so you can learn how to make your first post by introducing yourself so we can beginto get to know others in our community and also begin to compile a handy online database of who is in our program!

If you have a Columbia email address…
1) Point your browser to http://www.pressible.org and create an account with your Columbia email address. You do not need to create a site (unless you want to! And in fact, with a Pressible account you can create an unlimited number of blogs) right now, just an account.
2) Email me at jrd2153@tc.columbia.edu with your Columbia email address and username so I can add you to the blog.
3) Check your email for an invitation link.
4) Click the link!
5) Profit.

If you do not have a Columbia email address…
1) Email jrd2153@tc.columbia.edu with your email address and your desired username.
2) Check your email for an invitation link.
3) Click the link!
4) Profit.

And that’s the way you do it.

So now what? How do I use this thing?
Test out the interface by making an introduction post!

1) While you are logged in, navigate to “My Blogs” on the left side of your dashboard and select “Dashboard” under “Music & Music Education.”
2) At the top of the page, click on “New Post.” Title it anything you’d like as long as it’s related to introductions. Be sure to include the following:

1. Your name
2. Your program
3. Your primary instrument(s)
4. Your educational background (e.g., undergraduate institution & majors/minors, postgraduate institutions & degrees, etc.)
5. Your teaching background, if applicable
6. What kind of teaching are you interested in? What is your dream job?
7. Favorite flavor of cookie
8. Favorite music makers (this one is purposefully broad…)
9. Can you be found on social media?
10. Do you have a website?
11. Anything else you think we should know?

3) On the right side of the screen, a little below the main text box, select some tags. Tag your post with your name, degree program (using the format “Program: ______”), and graduating year (using the format “Graduating Year: _______”).
4) Select the “Our Community” and “Introductions” categories below the tag box.
5) You can save a draft if you’re not yet ready to go prime-time with your post. Otherwise, go for it and hit Publish!

And that’s the way you do it.

What now?
After that, the sky’s the limit! Feel free to contribute content of your own. Some ideas include showcasing work you’re doing in the department or elsewhere in the field, bringing up music advocacy issues, discussing your own personal analysis of lieder, doing PR for concerts you’re involved in, etc. Please remember that this is the official Teachers College Music & Music Education program blog and use common sense regarding inflammatory language, inappropriate content, etc. Have fun!