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Hi everyone! It’s Rock again with your weekly software announcements. In all that you create in life, may happiness be one of your main creations.

This week’s quote is…

“People who go to Disney who have magic in themselves experience magic there, just as people who go to the grocery store who have magic in themselves experience magic at the grocery store. The principle is simple: fun, joy, and happiness, are something we bring to life, not something life, circumstance, or situation bring to us. There are truly no magic kingdoms, only magic people.

Fun, joy and happiness are choices, orientations, approaches, attitudes, a way of living in the world, not the world itself…”

David W. Jones

Here are the software announcements for this week…


  • The financials on teachers’ dashboards in the new version of MTH now correctly matches the billing history
  • An issue where teachers are not able to change their studio name has been corrected
  • An issue where one teacher’s family could not create an invoice has been resolved
  • An issue in the prior version of MTH where a teacher’s account would not send lesson reminders has been corrected
  • An issue where the transaction log shows large credits for some teachers has been resolved



Did you know that your dashboard gives you a snapshot of your account, and your monthly/yearly income/expenses?

Just log into your Music Teacher’s Helper account and go to your Dashboard to see all your current account info, families owing, pending earnings, income/expenses for this month / last month / this year, and your rolling 6 month income graph.

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


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Dear MTH blog readers,


It is back-to-school time! Have you started your Fall lesson schedule yet? Are you having headaches trying to fit everyone into their desired time slots?

What new ideas do you have this year to motivate your students? A while ago I came across the idea of “Practice Beads” on The Art of Piano Pedagogy Facebook group. Well, here is my version, and I call it “Practice PomPoms”.

I got the pompoms and chenille stems from (treasure trove for teachers!) and the document clips from OfficeDepot (MTNA members get a really good discount!).

The way it works is that the student moves a pompom up or down after each practice. This helps them to keep track of how many times they have practiced their homework assignments. The number of pompoms on the stem depends on how old the student is.

Of course we all know the quality of the practice is far more important than the quantity, but for beginners, this helps them to establish a routine and build a habit of practicing.

If you have any back-to-school ideas, please share!

Happy Teaching!

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