Music Teacher's Helper Blog

Announcing a New and Improved Calendar

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.

About the Author

Brandon Pearce
Brandon Pearce is the founder and CEO of Music Teacher's Helper, a web-based software program to help music teachers manage the business aspects of teaching music lessons.

A piano teacher and computer programmer himself, he created Music Teacher's Helper as a side project to manage his own students, and in 2004, made it available for music teachers worldwide.

Since then, it has grown to supp... [Read more]

6 Comments

  1. David Barton

    Interesting and useful improvements, though I can’t see mine looking anything like the picture above! One useful addition would be the ability to block not only days, but timeslots within those days.

  2. Brandon

    Hi David, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you’re liking the improvements to the calendar. As for the picture, you can choose your own category colors by clicking the “Edit” button under the “Categories” filter in the sidebar of your calendar. Choose a category and click “Edit” again to edit it, or create your own new categories with their own background and foreground colors.

    As for blocking specific times, you can vote on that idea here:
    http://mth.uservoice.com/forums/116093-submit-your-ideas-here/suggestions/2285809-be-able-to-block-specific-hours-of-a-day-on-which-

    Thanks again for sharing your feedback!

  3. Yiyi Ku

    I love the new drag and drop feature! However, it seems I can only drag an event to a different day, but it will not let me drag an event to an earlier time on the same day. Am I missing something? Many students are out of school for the summer, and I am trying to drag their lesson time to an earlier time of the day, but can not seem to do it. Please let me know if this is just not possible, or I am not doing it right. Thank you!

  4. Ronnie Currey (Editor)

    The programmers know of the issue and are working on it.

  5. Ronnie Currey (Editor)

    Hi David. The programmers know of this issue and are working to correct it.

  6. rvincent

    The new improved calendar is going to be a great addition to MTH when all the bugs are ironed out. Love being able to print out a diary for the week ahead; very useful

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