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Announcements and feature updates for Music Teacher’s Helper

A couple teachers recently wrote me saying they couldn’t export their student data to Excel. After researching the problem I found that this was happening only in Internet Explorer 6, on accounts with SSL data encryption. So those using Firefox, Safari, or those on accounts without SSL were able to export fine. Since so many of our teachers use IE, I thought I would post the solution here in case it might help someone else out.

As it turns out that this is yet another Internet Explorer bug, but fortunately it’s one that Microsoft has a fix for. You can read about it here:

Or if you don’t want to bother with fixing IE, you could use the much more robust and powerful browser, Mozilla Firefox.

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Last weekend, we were an exhibitor at the Utah Music Teacher’s Association (UMTA) Conference, and it was a great success! This was our first time exhibiting at such a conference, but the response was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone who took more than 30 seconds to see what our booth was amazed at what Music Teacher’s Helper could do to simplify business management in their studio. We also did a showcase and demonstrated Music Teacher’s Helper to a larger group, and got a lot of great interaction and feedback. Some of the most oft-requested features were a photo album on the studio website (to put up recital photos, etc.), and a way to track Federation (NFMC) points and trophies, etc. So, these are things we’re currently looking into. Actually, we already finished the photo album. 🙂

I, personally had a lot of fun getting to meet more teachers out there and learning the different ways teachers have of handling billing and scheduling in their studios. I especially loved seeing their faces light up when they realized how much time and headache Music Teacher’s Helper could save them. We had such a great time that we’re considering going to the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Conference in Toronto next year. We’re hoping it will be just as big of a hit there as it was here in Utah. What do you think?

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This morning we added two new pages to your studio website. An “About” page and a “Contact” page.

The “About” page can be used to tell visitors about your studio or about yourself. To edit your about page, simply login to your account, click “Home”, then “My Profile”. You’ll see an area for the “Bio” down near the bottom. Anything you type in that box will appear on your about page. It works just like the teaching policy and email editor so you can use different fonts and colors to customize the look of your page.

The “Contact” page is simply an email form so that students can contact you to ask a question, without logging into their account. We’ve kept your email address hidden to help prevent spam.

We hope you enjoy these new features! As always, more is on the way. 🙂

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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