Our support continues to improve as we have added a Live Chat option. You may have noticed a Contact Support tab at the bottom right corner of the website, where you can submit a Support Ticket, initiate a Live Chat, or place a Call to our Support Team. So if you want to initiate a Live Chat or talk to our customer support by phone, feel free to call or initiate a Live Chat and we’ll help you out during regular US business hours (9am-6pm Central time) Monday-Friday! You will continue to have the option of submitting a support ticket for help 24/7.

A new version of the iPhone app was released this month, allowing you to add, edit, and delete students. Version 1.2 also fixed a number of bugs. You can read about the updates and download the latest version of the Music Teacher’s Helper iPhone app here.

Latest Updates

  • Image uploader was automatically resizing uploaded images 600px high regardless of the image dimension. Automatic resizing will now happen only when the image file size exceeds 2mb.
  • Template page was going blank when trying to edit. This has been fixed.
  • Lesson cost could not be saved for reconciled lesson when using the iPhone app. This has been fixed.
  • Lesson notes and cost would not save when using the iPhone app. This has been fixed.

 

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We’ve taken your feedback to heart and are excited to announce some major improvements to the Music Teacher’s Helper Calendar we just released. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 100x Faster. Everything from cycling between days or weeks to turning filters on and off is now incredibly faster.
  • Drag & Drop. You can now drag & drop events to change their dates and times in all views.
  • Change Time Slot Duration. Time slots have always been shown in 30 minute increments. But if your lessons end at the quarter hour or in 10 minute intervals, you can now change the time slot interval to make it more clear.
  • Hide days and times. Don’t teach lessons before 6am or on weekends? You can now make the calendar show only the days and times you teach.
  • Easier Access to Student Info. When you click an event, the info bubble that appears will now let you click any student in the participant list to be taken to their profile. Or if you click “View” you can see the email and phone number for each participant in the event.
  • Change Start Day. You can now have the week and month view start on Monday or another day rather than just Sunday.
  • Improved Appearance. We’ve improved the look & feel of the calendar, and made a few interface improvements such as easier access to edit categories and locations within the filter area, and no need to refresh after selecting filters.

Here are some other more minor changes we made in May, 2012. We appreciate your votes on our Feedback page letting us know which features are important to you, and we continue to listen to your ideas and suggestions.

  • On the registration page of the Music Staff template, studio names with an apostrophe were not showing properly. This is now fixed.
  • The font size of the quote in the sidebar of the Music Staff template was too large. This is now fixed.
  • The Payment Category drop down list in the mobile app now shows all of the payment categories you’ve created.

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We’re having a contest starting on June 15th, 2012 and ending on June 30th, 2012 with several prizes including a free subscription to Music Teacher’s Helper for life! This contest will judge an article or video you submit about how you use Music Teacher’s Helper to manage your music teaching business. Your submission can include advantages that MTH gives you, a comparison of your life before and after MTH, as well as other creative ways you use MTH. Winners will be announced on August 1st, 2012 in the Newsletter, Blog and Facebook.

Contest Rules:

  • Write and post an article on the benefits and/or creative uses of Music Teacher’s Helper on a blog or website (either your own or as a guest blogger on someone else’s), or create a video and post the video on YouTube.
  • Articles needs to have at least 300 words to qualify. Videos need to have a minimum length of 2 minutes.
  • Tell us about your article or video by posting a link to it on our Facebook page. Copy and paste the link into the status box on Facebook. The intro to the article from the blog, and photo, should be pulled into the status box along with the link to the article. If you’re unable to post the link, send it to ronnie@musicteachershelper.com and I’ll post it for you.
  • Send me the link to your post as well at ronnie@musicteachershelper.com. This will ensure that I have your link to the blog post.
  • Use one of the  keyword phrases below in the title of your article, and one to three keyword phrases in the first half of the article. If you are submitting a video, use a keyword in the title, and one to three keywords in the description. If possible, make the keyword a link to http://www.musicteachershelper.com.
  • Contestants can not be an employee or subcontract labor for Music Teacher’s Helper.
  • Contestants do not have to be an active subscriber to Music Teacher’s Helper.

Keywords or Keyword Phrases:

Use any of the following keyword phrases in your article or video title and contents/description. Read more…

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I am completely fascinated with online networking.  It’s such a fun way to interact

Computing.

Are you a social media expert?

with people you know and meet people you don’t.  In fact, social media is all the buzz in advertising in today’s market. It’s free, it’s fast, and you can hit a large market.  Big companies are even hiring social media experts whose full time job is to tweet you, text you, and message you about hot deals and cool stuff.  It’s the next big thing in marketing.  But should you use it for your private music teaching studio?  I do.

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Many of us associate famous musicians with their instrument and the instrument’s builder. That powerful imagery has become a marketing tool that has beneficially served both the artist and the instrument builder.

But as a teacher, we have the power to influence a great number of people as well.

For years, I played Ibanez Soundgear basses, Ovation acoustic electric guitars, and Les Paul style guitars. After a year or two, my beginner students would start moving on from their starter instruments. There was an unusually high percentage of Ibanez Soundgear basses and Ovation acoustic electrics in the mix of new purchases.

Later on, I acquired a Gibson SG and switched to playing Spector and LightWave basses. Not surprisingly, the next batch of students tended to gravitate to SG style guitars (made by a wide variety of builders…Samick, Epiphone, and even Ibanez) and a few Spector basses entered the mix.
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Every professional or aspiring professional music teacher needs a well crafted bio. Your personal bio is your way of introducing yourself to new students, fans, and music industry types in a way that puts your best foot forward.  Here are some very important concepts to keep in mind as you craft your own bio.

Target Your Audience

Before you begin your bio make sure you have a clear idea of who your main audience will be. What details will the people who are interested in your talent and music instruction want to know about you? This should frame how you go about writing your personal bio statement. Always keep this in mind as you write.  Who is my target market?  As an example: If I were a music teacher trying to market my lessons toward aspiring singer/songwriters I’d make sure that I mentioned my extensive knowledge of Beatles tunes, James Taylor songs, or John Mayer songs etc.  In addition, I’d  also mention whether I’d played on any albums released or performed in any local venues….

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So-called “social” online networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Ryze and Twitter generate a lot of buzz in the press. But can they really be productive business-to-business networks for you — or are they just a waste of time???Consider these issues before taking the plunge: Read more…

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daily observations “classical music insights” Charles Noble is the Assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony.  He blogs about his experiences with the orchestra, as well as his deep love of good coffee.  Follow Charles on Twitter.

Dial “M” for Musicology “Music, Musicology, and Related Matters.”   “This is a musicology group blog that features the prose stylings of Jonathan Bellman (University of Northern Colorado) and Phil Ford (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). It is a place for us to work ideas out publicly in what is still, for our field, a somewhat new medium. We are members of the American Musicological Society, but our views are entirely our own and should not be taken as representative of the AMS or any other academic organization. “Dial ‘M’ for Musicology” is an academic blog, but it wants to be friends with everyone. Welcome to all critics, musicians, bedroom air-guitarists, louche aesthetes, prickly autodidacts, and random passers-by!”  There are also several new contributors who have joined the fold.  Often thought-provoking and always interesting, this is a great place to find things to think about.  4-8 posts monthly.

dramma per musica “My name is Bob Kingston. I’m a librarian, free-lance musicologist, lapsed bass-baritone, and self-professed opera fanatic living in Portland, Oregon.  I give all of the pre-performance talks for the Portland Opera, and I also lead music history classes for the company’s Studio Artists. I love collecting historic vocal recordings, and I often use examples of these in my classes and presentations. So, don’t be surprised if I post a clip of some obscure Russian tenor or Italian baritone from time to time.”  4-12 posts monthly.  I enjoy Bob’s tweets immensely.  Follow Bob on Twitter. Read more…

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A Liberal’s Libretto “A Liberal’s Libretto is the place to look for news, commentary and real-life stories related to the ARTS and POP CULTURE.”  2-4 posts daily.  “American bass-baritone James Newman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and continued his education in Opera Performance and Conducting at Arizona State University. He then moved to New York City where he began studying with internationally renowned soprano, Maria Spacagna with whom he studies today. When he’s not performing, James Newman blogs, follows politics, the arts and pop culture tirelessly and loves hanging out in Park Slope with his wife, soprano Jenn Raithel Newman and their daughter, Lyla.” Follow James on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JamesNewmanNYC

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise “Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker” Author of book The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Posts infrequently: Newly changed over to Unquiet Thoughts under the aegis of The New Yorker magazine. He plans for several posts weekly.

Artistic Discourse… because the future of the arts depend on it “This blog is about many things: technology, sociology, economics, politics, arts policy and any other potential category of discourse that peaks my interest at the moment.  However, the underlying theme to all those sub-categories will always be, THE ARTS. Whether you agree with me or not throughout the course of this blog, I would hope that you share your thoughts.  I appreciate dissenting opinions almost equally as much as affirming ones.” Was posting Read more…

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Do you have a passion for music, teaching, or writing? Do you have experience and insight you’d like to share with other music teachers across the world? Do you want to make yourself known in the music teaching community? Or would you like to be the catalyst for interesting musical, educational, technological, or business discussion?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then send us an email! We are looking for additional bloggers to write articles or posts that will be of interest to music teachers. Our goal is to provide an even more valuable resource and community for music teachers here on our blog.

The requirement is one article per month. If you’re a current Music Teacher’s Helper subscriber, compensation will entail all of your monthly subscription fee being waived (yes, you get a free Music Teacher’s Helper account!).

Applicants must have excellent English grammar and be familiar with the needs and interests of music teachers.

I will be accepting applications until November 10th, 2009. To apply, just send me an email with the following information:

  • Outline of your writing experience (none required, we’d just like to know).
  • Ideas you have for interesting post topics.
  • Write and attach an article, which could be used as your 1st article if you are one of the chosen few.
  • A brief bio.

The article you write needs to be written in text format, using a text program such as NotePad. The embedded formats in software such as WORD does not work.

We may bring on several individuals, so if you’re at all interested, don’t hesitate to send us an email.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Ronnie Currey

Director of Member Services/Editor
Music Teacher’s Helper

ronnie@musicteachershelper.com

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