MTH 101

Pat Shelby teaching a group lesson for beginning guitar.

I’m in my 3rd year of using Music Teachers Helper to schedule my guitar students.  I started with a 5 student basic account (which is free!) and have grown to 20 students! (You can have up to 20 students for $14/mo.)

3 years ago, my music lesson business wasn’t doing so well.  I needed help in keeping my teaching schedule organized.  It’s not a good feeling when you’re out running errands and you get a call from a student/parent telling you they’re at your studio for their lesson and they’re wondering where the heck you are!  I had trouble remembering what I taught each student from week to week.  I needed a way to step it up and keep myself organized!  Then I found Music Teacher’s Helper!  One reason I chose MTH is because every account includes a super-easy way to design your own studio website!  Check out my studio website.  It’s very functional and definitely helped me attract new students.  Another reason I signed up with MTH is because of the lesson notes feature – I can easily keep a log of each lesson so I can monitor every student’s progress.  It also helps me remember what I taught them last week!  MTH keeps track of all the administrative stuff, too: scheduling, automatic lesson reminders, makeup lessons, mileage, income, expenses, invoicing, etc.  My MTH calendar syncs with my google calendar and there’s even an iOS app!  (BTW, I hear rumors of a major iOS app update and a new Android app coming soon!)  Every time I’ve needed tech support it has been fast and courteous.

MTH isn’t all about the teacher, though.  You can give parents and students their own login to your website.  Students can check their calendars and log their practice time.  Parents (and adult students) can keep tabs on their account balance and they can even book lessons online!  MTH supports online payment via PayPal, too!

Still not convinced Music Teachers Helper could help you grow your music lesson business?  Prior to using MTH, my studio income was stagnant.  In 2013, my studio income increased 53% from 2012!  In the first 4 months of this year, I’m experiencing an 88% increase in studio income compared to the same period last year!  This year, for the first time ever, I’ve had to turn down students!  

MTH helps me use my time more efficiently.  I can spend more time doing the things I like/need to do instead slogging through all the administrative tasks that come along with running your own business.  For example, a few weeks ago I set up a series of “open slots” on my MTH website for my “summer session.”  With a couple of mouse clicks, I sent out an email to my parents/students inviting them to go online and select their own lesson slots!   Instead of my time being eaten up by scheduling phone calls and emails, I can get other projects done while my students schedule themselves!  Where else can you do that?

This is my honest, shoot-from-the-hip testimony of what I think of Music Teacher’s Helper and how it’s helped me to get organized and grow my studio business. For the music teacher, I can’t recommend their service enough!  Feel free to contact me through my studio website as a resource if you have any questions about how I use MTH.  CLICK HERE to try MTH for FREE for 30 days and get a 20% discount off of your first month with Music Teacher’s Helper for reading this post.

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If Music Teachers Helper (MTH) allows you to gain or retain just ONE student, the way I figure it, you will earn double the cost of the service.   In addition, if MTH helps you avoid losing money through better payments and accounting, you might actually be saving the equivalent of MTH‘s cost each month you use it.

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But let’s take a look at the details.  Read on for 10 reasons why I think MTH pays for itself–

 

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We are excited to announce the new Blog Feature for your music studio website. Also, your last five blog posts will show up on the dashboard of your parents and students after they log in. To begin using the new blog feature, you will need to first activate the blog.

Activating Your Blog

  1. Hover over “Website”, and click on “Website Pages”.
  2. Scroll down to “Blog”, and click on “Edit”.
  3. Change the page status from “Inactive” to “Active”.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click “SAVE”.

Creating Your Post

If you select “Create a New Post”, a new page will open, presented with an editor, in which you write up your very first post. After writing your article, you can select “Enable The Post”, or “Disable The Post”. You can also choose to allow comments on posts. Select your choices at the bottom and then select “Save Post”.

New Music Studio Blog Post

To create a post, hover over “Website”, and click on “Blog”. On this page you will see a list of posts you have already created, and two buttons at the top to “Create A New Post” or “Categories”.

Creating Categories

Before you begin creating posts, you will first need to create categories to assign your posts. Click on “Categories” and create a few categories that you know you will be using for your posts. Examples for categories you could use are “Recitals”, “Practice Tips”,  “Announcements”, or “Instrument Care”.

Music Blog Categories

You are now ready to create your first post.

  1. Click on “New Post” in the “Blog” section.
  2. You will be taken to a page where you can give your new post a title, and begin writing your post.
  3. You will also see a text editor for formatting your post.
  4. After completing your article, scroll to the bottom of the screen and set the new post status to “Public” or “Hidden”.
  5. Designate if you want to enable or disable comments from your readers.
  6. When you are finished, select “Preview” or “Save Post”.

Your posts can now be viewed by your parents, students, and anyone else who has been provided with the link to your blog (your_name.musicteachershelper.com/posts).

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