Early access registration is open to TCA members who have registered by December 10, 2016 as part of our Fall 2016 membership drive. Our registration system is pretty user friendly, but we’ve put together a list of tips to make sure you’re ready and prepared to register. Here are 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU REGISTER. Check out the How to Register for NATC tutorial and the list below.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL
TCA members who are eligible for early registration will receive an email invitation from us to register for the conference. Your customized link will be included along with your membership number, which you will need for early registration. For anyone registering on or after March 22nd, you can register using the live link on our REGISTRATION PAGE.
YOUTH PARTICIPANTS HAVE SOME EXTRA QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
Youth participants under the age of 18 have the option of specifying the name of a chaperone to attend the conference with them at no additional charge. Chaperones must also register separately so we have their information, and specify the youth they are accompanying.
DON’T PRESS THE BACK BUTTON ON YOUR BROWSER
There are system navigation buttons as part of the registration system. Please use these to navigate around in the system instead of using the back or forward buttons on your browser. You can either use the BLUE back buttons to navigate within the registration system, or you can also click on the area headings at the top of the form to go back and forth,
YOUR NATC NAMETAG ONLY HAS SPACE FOR ONE TAIKO GROUP
If you belong to multiple taiko groups, please select your primary affiliation. There is limited space on NATC registration tags, so we do have to limit everyone to specify one taiko group. If you do not belong to a taiko group or are a solo artist, please keep the field blank.
HAVE A VARIETY OF WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION SELECTIONS IN MIND
This year, we are going back to a preference ranking method for workshop placement. In other words, you will need to select 3 potential workshops per workshop session, and specify which 1 of two potential discussion sessions in which you’d like to participate (15 total workshop preferences, and 3 total discussion preferences.) We will then let you know in which 3 workshops and which 1 discussion session you were placed. There is a link to workshop descriptions and workshop leader bios within the registration system, which you can reference for a quick guide of workshop offerings. You can also do your homework ahead of time and take a look at our workshop
SPECIFYING THE SAME WORKSHOP 3 TIMES WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING IT.
Please make three separate selections per workshop session. There is a system limitation which allows you to select the same workshop for each preference ranking within a single session. Please do not fill out the form this way. If you specify the same workshop three times and it is not available, the system will assign you to a random workshop which you may or may not like. Making a clear preference ranking will help us place you in a workshop you’re actually interested in.
YOU CAN JOIN TCA AS PART OF REGISTRATION AND RECEIVE A LOWER RATE ON THE CONFERENCE
If you sign up as a member during the registration process, you will qualify for a lower cost NATC registration offered to TCA members. For all registration prices and options, check out our REGISTRATION PAGE, and if you haven’t yet joined, consider joining TCA!
HOUSING IS NOT YET AVAILABLE
We’re still ironing out some details related to on campus housing options at NATC. We are hoping to have on campus housing requests ready soon, and will send an email out to notify everyone when those signups are ready.
IF YOU ARE ABLE, MAKE A DRUMMERS’ CIRCLE DONATION
NATC costs approximately $600-$650 per person to hold. TCA is a volunteer run 501c3 organization and we try to keep costs as low as possible. Your donations help to support TCA and the North American Taiko Conference. Drummers’ Circle is also having a friendly competition between Taiko Census regions, so you can apply any Drummers’ Circle donation to your region to help them push forward!
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT THE NATC CONCIERGE
One of our awesome volunteers, will be on hand to answer any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also… ALL PAYMENTS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DONATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A 2.2% + $0.30 TRANSACTION FEE PER ORDER, so keep that in mind when making your payment.