We are excited to announce that this Saturday evening, January 23rd, the new Music Teacher’s Helper will go live! Here are the important things to know about the improved look.

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New look, same functionality.

The new design includes the existing functionality you have come to love about Music Teacher’s Helper. While the look is different, all the menu items and actions you perform will be done the same as before. Below is a preview of the dashboard and also an explanation of how the menu, now on the left side, will work.

The new look will work great on tablets, including iPads!

The new design will be responsive, which means the screen will resize to look good on any computer, tablet, or mobile device. We still recommend you use the dedicated iPhone and Andriod mobile apps to access exclusive features such as push notifications, GPS mileage tracking, and audio/video recording.

Dashboard view of the improved Music Teacher’s Helper

Responsive Music Teacher's Helper Design

Close up view of the new menu

Responsive Menu

 

Main things to know about the new menu:

  • You can minimize the menu by clicking the “hamburger” icon to the left of your studio name.
  • The subtabs show by selecting a main tab and if a subtab has additional options available, you will see that is does by the blue arrow. In the screenshot above, Students is selected as the main tab and E-mail Students is selected as the subtab to show the additional options.
  • The menu size will adapt to the screen you are using, including tablets and all iPad models.

Lastly, your My Account and other menu items previously displayed in the top right will now be available by clicking on the photo icon.

New My Account

Is the Student/Parent area updated as well? 

Yes! And an announcement has been made on their login screen directing them to a page about the updated design. But if you would like to provide them information about the changes, you may send them the following link about specific design differences for the student: http://blog.musicteachershelper.com/new-design-to-student-parent-area/.

We’ll continue adding in some of the bigger improvements and new features that have been requested, as well as several surprises which we know you’re going to love. Thanks for being a part of our Music Teacher’s Helper family! If you have any questions about the new design, please do not hesitate to reach out to support@musicteachershelper.com

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We’re getting closer to the new Music Teacher’s Helper design. This is a big first step with upgrades and new features to follow. The release date will be announced with plenty of notice, but here are some important things to know about the improved look:

 

  • The new design includes the existing functionality. While the look is different, all the menus items and actions you perform will be done exactly the same as before.
  • The new design will be responsive, which means the software will function and look great on any computer, tablet or mobile device. We still recommend you use the dedicated iPhone and Android mobile phone apps to access exclusive mobile features such as push notifications, GPS mileage tracking, and audio/video recording.

After we release this new design, we’ll begin adding in some of the bigger improvements and new features that have been requested for a long time, and several surprises which we know you’re going to love. Thanks for being a part of our Music Teacher’s Helper family! If you have any questions about the coming design, please do not hesitate to reach out to support@musicteachershelper.com 

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You can now select makeup lesson credits for a sibling of a student when editing a calendar event. This allows you to use the lesson credit of one student for another student within the family.

Here’s a list of other improvements and fixes made this past week:

  • Updated registration page on Studio sites so that notification of a problem with the submission is more informative and easy to understand.
  • Removed irrelevant items from the “Advanced Search” function’s drop down lists.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Set Attendance pop up box to freeze for random teachers.
  • Added the name of the quote’s author to the Music Staff website theme.
  • Solved an issue that prevented display of the “Start Date” column’s data for some teachers on the “Blocked Dates” page.
  • Corrected display of Blog Posts for some students after logging in to their dashboard.
  • Added “Notes” field content to Mileage tracker’s exported spreadsheet.

Lastly, we are finishing up modifications to the new look for Music Teacher’s Helper, which will be released during the holiday break. There will be lots of information regarding the new look coming over the next couple weeks. Have a great weekend!

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To our U.S. members, we hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Here is a list of software updates made this past week:

  • Corrected a bug that caused an incorrect time stamp for manually generated and sent invoices.
  • Made the header row clickable on the days of the week in the calendar’s week view so it’s easy to open the day’s view.
  • Corrected a bug that occurred when clicking to subscribe to calendar link from student profiles.
  • Updated the parent and student login time stamps to remove any possible inaccuracies.
  • Made it so that emails sent using personally created templates are displayed correctly in the email history.
  • Optimized the calendar syncing process so that it is faster and more reliable.
  • Added an “Inactive” status to the blog column that contains the “Preview” option (previously it was blank).
  • Increased the width of the “Birthday” column on the student contact list report so that the date is on one line.
  • Removed time stamps from announcements display.

Have you found any great music teaching (sheet music, supplies, etc.) deals online this weekend? If so, let us know in the comments section!

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This week, we made the following improvements:

  • Solved an issue with sort ordering and saving on the announcement page.
  • Modified repeat options for blocked dates to reduce confusion and errors.
  • Clarified the Calendar tab of the settings page for students, parents, and adult students.
  • Updated to solve bug and permissions issue with practice records modifications.
  • Clarified help messages on the “Student Contact List Report” page.
  • Updated the make up credit selection drop down when reconciling a lesson to only show make up lessons of relevant students when adding a new event.
  • Corrected a bug on the Make Up Lessons page when logging in as a student, parent, or adult student.
  • Solved an issue with Japanese time zones and the calendar page header date display.
  • Corrected a bug that caused broken links when logged in as an adult student or parent and clicking links to blog posts.
  • Removed a bug that caused html to show in the message preview on the announcement page.
  • Added support for the Israeli Shekel currency symbol.

To all our U.S. members, have an excellent Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday!

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We hope you had a great week. Some minor updates made this week:

  • Updated the notification that appears when editing a blocked date for clarity to reduce confusion.
  • Solved a problem when setting attendance from the Calendar that caused status to not be saved in specific cases.

In addition to the updates, we are finalizing the new Music Teacher’s Helper look! Currently,  we’re testing to make sure the software works great on all devices, including tablets. What device do you primarily use Music Teacher’s Helper on? Let us know in the comments. 

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This week we released a major codebase improvement as part of our ongoing efforts to modernize the software and increase speed, stability, and security. We hope that you are seeing the results with fast response times and zero downtime. Other improvements made this week:

  • Corrected a bug that caused an “Invalid Format” error for some members to appear when entering parent email addresses.
  • Made the date field required when creating an invoice.
  • Added a notification that appears when a link is deleted from the links area to make the process more clear.
  • Updated the student registration form to make selecting student birthdays easier in the date picker popup.
  • Solved a bug that occurred when navigating to the student homepage and teacher announcement page for some members.
  • Fixed the search function on the Fees and Credits page to show correct results.
  • Added several help prompts and info boxes to help teachers navigate the site more effectively.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Have a fun and safe Halloween this weekend! The following improvements were made this past week:

  • Updated the days of the week in the calendar settings “First Day” setting to start with capital letter.
  • Made the Link Title and Link URL fields required on the “Add or Edit a link” page.
  • Added a page title on the Account Summary report page so that it shows in the browser tab.
  • Solved an issue that caused an error for some users when downloading a file.
  • Removed the announcement date from the announcement template as it is not used anymore.
  • Updated the message that appears after deleting a file from the file area for clarity.
  • Corrected the sort order of the fees page so that it sorts from newest to oldest.
  • Corrected a student contact list printing bug.
  • Clarified the the message that appears after deleting a credit record on the “Edit Credit” page to reduce confusion.
  • Solved an issue with the resources area file links on studio sites that had an error when downloading files.
  • Corrected a bug with the student lists check boxes when uploading a file and selecting permission.

Have you or will you be doing anything special in your studio with your students for Halloween? Candy, spooky music, or something else? Let us know in the comments.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes

We hope you had an excellent week of teaching! Last week, we introduced Stripe as a newly available payment method. Let us know in the comments if you’ve created a Stripe account yet. This week, the following improvements and fixes were made:

  • Corrected an issue that synced iCal and Google calendars 1 hour off from the correct time in some cases.
  • Updated the website preferences to make it easier to input correct URL format.
  • Modified the mileage tracker repeat options so that the repeat options are available when editing a mileage record (before they were available only when creating a record).
  • Updated the ordering of columns in the csv export of the Fees Charged list to match the table that appears on the site.
  • Corrected an issue with manually generated invoices so that they have the correct time stamp according to user’s preferences.
  • Updated the behavior of the Parent’s “Back to Reports List” link on the “Account Summary” page so that the parent is linked to the expected page “Reports List”, instead of home or login.
  • Made improvements to the calendar syncing function so that it is faster, and will reflect changes more quickly.

Also, Music Teacher’s Helper is getting a new, enhanced look that will make you even more organized and productive. No date announced yet, but we’re working hard and can’t wait to show you. 

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Stripe is an additional way you can receive credit card payments from parents and students. Don’t worry, the ability to accept payments from Paypal and Authorize.net will not change. We’ve just added Stripe because it’s simple to use and easier for us to build additional features on top of so you can do more with accepting payments within your Music Teacher’s Helper account. 

Why Stripe?

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