Pat Shelby teaching a group lesson for beginning guitar.

I’m in my 3rd year of using Music Teachers Helper to schedule my guitar students.  I started with a 5 student basic account (which is free!) and have grown to 20 students! (You can have up to 20 students for $14/mo.)

3 years ago, my music lesson business wasn’t doing so well.  I needed help in keeping my teaching schedule organized.  It’s not a good feeling when you’re out running errands and you get a call from a student/parent telling you they’re at your studio for their lesson and they’re wondering where the heck you are!  I had trouble remembering what I taught each student from week to week.  I needed a way to step it up and keep myself organized!  Then I found Music Teacher’s Helper!  One reason I chose MTH is because every account includes a super-easy way to design your own studio website!  Check out my studio website.  It’s very functional and definitely helped me attract new students.  Another reason I signed up with MTH is because of the lesson notes feature – I can easily keep a log of each lesson so I can monitor every student’s progress.  It also helps me remember what I taught them last week!  MTH keeps track of all the administrative stuff, too: scheduling, automatic lesson reminders, makeup lessons, mileage, income, expenses, invoicing, etc.  My MTH calendar syncs with my google calendar and there’s even an iOS app!  (BTW, I hear rumors of a major iOS app update and a new Android app coming soon!)  Every time I’ve needed tech support it has been fast and courteous.

MTH isn’t all about the teacher, though.  You can give parents and students their own login to your website.  Students can check their calendars and log their practice time.  Parents (and adult students) can keep tabs on their account balance and they can even book lessons online!  MTH supports online payment via PayPal, too!

Still not convinced Music Teachers Helper could help you grow your music lesson business?  Prior to using MTH, my studio income was stagnant.  In 2013, my studio income increased 53% from 2012!  In the first 4 months of this year, I’m experiencing an 88% increase in studio income compared to the same period last year!  This year, for the first time ever, I’ve had to turn down students!  

MTH helps me use my time more efficiently.  I can spend more time doing the things I like/need to do instead slogging through all the administrative tasks that come along with running your own business.  For example, a few weeks ago I set up a series of “open slots” on my MTH website for my “summer session.”  With a couple of mouse clicks, I sent out an email to my parents/students inviting them to go online and select their own lesson slots!   Instead of my time being eaten up by scheduling phone calls and emails, I can get other projects done while my students schedule themselves!  Where else can you do that?

This is my honest, shoot-from-the-hip testimony of what I think of Music Teacher’s Helper and how it’s helped me to get organized and grow my studio business. For the music teacher, I can’t recommend their service enough!  Feel free to contact me through my studio website as a resource if you have any questions about how I use MTH.  CLICK HERE to try MTH for FREE for 30 days and get a 20% discount off of your first month with Music Teacher’s Helper for reading this post.

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Tomorrow, April 2nd at 2p.m. eastern time, we will be holding our first affiliate program webinar. We will be going over the basics of the program – how to sign up, promotion options, and best practices. It’s open to anyone, and you do not have to be a current Music Teacher’s Helper user, or signed up for the affiliate program.

You may click here to sign up or future webinars.

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We will have actual examples of good and bad promotion techniques. If you are interested in making money by promoting Music Teacher’s Helper to your peers, or have already signed up but are not sure where to start, this informational webinar is perfect for you.

Andrew, Music Teacher’s Helper’s marketing director will answer questions related to the affiliate program at the end of the webinar.

You can sign up here for this webinar. Also, check out any of our other training webinars, including recordings, on using specific parts of the software.

 

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Have you ever heard the terms “affiliate” or “referral program” thrown around online and wondered what it means?  If so, it’s likely referencing what the online marketing community calls performance marketing. This is where website owners, customers, marketers, or anyone really get paid to promote products online.  In most cases, the person promoting is knowledgeable about the product, knowledgeable about the related industry, and may even be a customer of that product.

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Does This Cost the New Customer More Money Since the Company Pays the Promoter?

There are no additional costs to the new user when they sign up through an affiliate program.  The company is paying the promoter (affiliate) a commission as a thank you for the new customer.  Companies view this transaction as an advertising or marketing cost that is directly proportional to the amount of new business they earn.  The company receives a new customer, the affiliate is paid a commission,  and the customer is happy about learning and signing up for a new service.  So everyone wins.  In some cases, the new user receives a discount to sign up, which is the case with our affiliate program.
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