Site Announcements

Announcements and feature updates for Music Teacher’s Helper

In addition to sending out email reminders to your students for upcoming scheduled lessons, Music Teacher’s Helper can now also send reminders for upcoming cancelled lessons! This can help cut down on students showing up for a lesson if they forgot it had been cancelled.

This option is turned off by default, but if you’d like reminders to be sent about cancelled lessons, you can enable this feature by going to the “Calendar” menu, and clicking “Event Reminders”. Then just put a check in the box that says, “Remind my students of cancelled lessons”.

However, it’s important to note that lesson reminders, whether scheduled or cancelled, will still use the same email template. So if you’re sending emails for cancelled lessons too, you’ll want to customize your lesson reminder email so it shows the status of the event (scheduled or cancelled). To edit your lesson reminder email, click “Email Templates” on the “Home” menu. Then click “Lesson Reminder.”  You can add the line about the event status by typing something like:

“This lesson is {$Attendance}”

(The word {$Attendance} will be replaced by “Scheduled” or “Cancelled” when the email goes out. You can also select the word {$Attendance} from the list of variables if you don’t want to type it.

Now in addition to cutting down on “no-shows”, you’re also cutting down on “oops-shows”. 🙂
Have a great day!

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I recently received an email from a paying subscriber:

“I have used this website for 2 months, and I don’t know how I lived without it before!! it’s great! Thank you. Starting about a week ago, I’m getting all the time a window that says: ‘Security information: this page contains both secure and nonsecure items, would you like to display the nonsecure items?’ How do I get rid of it?”

Since we added SSL Data Encryption for paying plans, some teachers have noticed a warning when they login saying that there are secure and non-secure items on the page. This is a warning that Internet Explorer gives if not all the references to files on the page are https. Unfortunately (and incorrectly), it also gives the error if any of the links are pointing to about:blank, or null – which is still secure. Other browsers (such as Mozilla Firefox) do not warn about this since it is not a security issue.

But to get around this IE bug we changed a few links. It turns out the culprits were the bar chart on the home page, and the question mark help icons (when you hover over them).

Paying subscribers using Internet Explorer should no longer get warning about this unsecure items on a page. Thank you to those who pointed this out to me!

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Hello and welcome to the Music Teacher’s Helper Blog! We’d like to use this blog not only to post announcements and new features for Music Teacher’s Helper, but more importantly to give music teachers a resource to come to for great ideas and articles about teaching and performing music.

We have a variety of professional teachers and musicians from around the world who will be posting content. You’ll have an opportunity to comment and converse about these topics as they arise. In fact, if you like, you can leave a comment on this post and tell us (and the world) what you think about this blog, or Music Teacher’s Helper.

As always, we welcome feedback from you about what kind of articles and tips would be most useful to you, as well as new features you’d like for Music Teacher’s Helper. So comment away! (Just click the “Add Comment” link below).

This is just the beginning, with lots more to come. And what’s a great website these days without a blog, anyway?

Have a great day!

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