Music Teacher's Helper Blog

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Hi everyone! It’s Rock again with your weekly software announcements.  Here’s hoping you have a place where you can go to get perspective and peace.

This week’s quote is…

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.”

Sarah Dessen

Here are the software announcements for this week…


  • We’ve updated our Music Teacher’s Helper log in screen with a new look.
  • An issue where a teacher couldn’t create an invoice for a few families has been resolved.
  • An issue where some teacher’s prior billing history was incorrect, has been corrected.
  • In the prior version of MTH, the issue of the Transaction log not matching up with Billing Summary for some students has been resolved.
  • In the New Version of MTH, for some teachers, an incorrect “owed amounts” on Transaction Log issue has been resolved.
  • An issue where some former students are showing having a balance due has been fixed.



Did you know we have new Quick Start Guide articles (with new walk-through videos)?

If case you need a brush up on your basic set up in the New Version of Music Teacher’s Helper, zoom on over to here to see the new articles/videos.

Of course, if you have any questions for us or experience any issues, please reach out to support team at


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Music theory is a passion of mine. As a composer as well as a music teacher, I realise that teaching music theory provides the building blocks of a more complete musician. Put simply, “knowledge is power.”

So it was with great interest that I have noticed that the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), who lead the way in music examinations in the world, was having a major overhaul in the way they test music theory, starting from January 2018.

Why the change? What will be different? Are there any resources to help with the change?

Why the change

A need to modernise their exams and react to feedback from teachers and students has brought on these recent changes. Looking at the new specimen papers, you get a feeling that the tests are less ambiguous than in times past.


The changes will only affect grades 1-5 at the moment. The rhythm-writing in early grades is being replaced. This used to provide a nice little introduction to the basics of composing but I would imagine that the quality of preparation for this question would have varied greatly from teacher to teacher depending on their own skills or imagination. At the grade 4, there used to be the option of the word-setting question. That has now been axed as well as the option of writing a complete melody at grade 5. How will students cope with the transition into grade 6-8 where composing is a large portion of the assessment? I think that step will be harder for candidates from now on. I have long thought that, although the exams for grade 6-8 are excellent, the resources and support material for these higher grades are appalling and desperately need revamping by the ABRSM. But that’s a subject of another blog.

Gone are the SATB open and short score converting question which was extremely time-consuming. I really like the use of multiple choice questions for the meaning of performance directions. Generally, the exam looks a lot more inviting, modern, clean which is very welcome.


At the start of 2019, the old exams papers for 2018 will be posted as a preparation booklet but that is quite some time away. In the meantime, the ABRSM has published on their website two sets of sample exam papers as a free download.

I really like a free quiz page that you can share with students to give them practice with the new multiple choice question. That will continue to be a very useful resource do-doubt.

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Hi everyone! It’s Rock again with your weekly software announcements. Remember, we all play our part in the grand musical scheme — your part is important.

This week’s quote is…

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists.”

Vera Nazarian

Here are the software announcements for this week…


  • An issue where the prior version of MTH’s Transaction Log and Billing Summary did not match up has been resolved
  • An issue where some former students were showing having a balance due has been resolved




Did you know you can create your own announcement that will show on your students and parents home page when they log into Music Teacher’s Helper?


If you’d like to add an announcement, do this…


  • Log into Music Teacher’s Helper
  • Click on the Website Icon on the left, and choose Announcements under that
  • Click on the Add Announcement button and create your announcement
  • In the “Show this announcement…” area, choose the “On student’s and parent’s home pages after login” option

After saving, this announcement will show up on the home page when students and parents log in.


Of course, if you have any questions for us or experience any issues, please reach out to support team at


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