Studio Management

Billing, scheduling, collections, fee raising, and other related topics.

Hi, Everyone. If you’re not already using the Music Teacher’s Helper app for your iPhone and Android smartphone, head over to the app store on your device, type Music Teacher’s Helper into the search bar, download, and enter your existing login info to gain access. The app has some useful features such as a metronome, record audio/video, and push notifications.

And here are some notable fixes from the past week:

  • In the new version, the running balance was showing incorrectly in billing history for some members. That has been corrected and proper balances are shown.
  • In the new version, expenses were not saving correctly if the dollar amount has more than three digits, such as $1,000 or greater. It is now fixed, so expense your new piano!
  • In the new version, Region Settings was not changing the default currency and language settings to that region, specifically Great Britain. That has been fixed to show the British Pound and U.K English when the Region Setting is switched.

Did you know that you have the option to set attendance separately for group lessons?

In the new version, when you click the tab for Attendance above the the calendar (next to Month and Week view), you can set bulk attendance as well as set attendance for individual students separately for group lessons.

If you have any questions for us or experience any issues, please reach out to support@musicteachershelper.com. Happy teaching!  

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The six practice strategies listed below come directly from the cognitive psychological scientists at LearningScientists.org. Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein hold doctorate degrees and have systematically applied current research on the brain and how it learns to the classroom setting.

I’ve taken their learning strategies one step further and applied them specifically to practicing an instrument. A good portion of the following paragraphs closely resemble their findings and I greatly appreciate their inspiration for this post!

The main point of their research is how the brain remembers best. It’s not through repetition nearly as much as through retrieval of information.

“Every time you leave a little space, you forget a bit of the information, and then you kind of relearn it. That forgetting actually helps you to strengthen the memory. It’s kind of counterintuitive, but you need to forget a little bit in order to then help yourself learn it by remembering again.”

-Weinstein from TheCultofPedagogy.com

You may find the list below validating like it was for me. I’ve encouraged most of these tactics for years and am thrilled that they are now scientifically proven to work thanks to Dr. Smith and Dr. Weinstein! Perhaps you’ll feel the same? Each strategy is first defined in the clinical terms found at TheLearningScientists.org. Next, you’ll read how I relate them to practice. I’ve also connected visuals to each strategy to help practicers understand and recall each one. [···]

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How many times do you explain what an interval is in a year? How often do you introduce and review chords and their inversions? Wouldn’t it be nice to offer a resource for your students that suits your curriculum that can be viewed repeatedly and accessed any time? Ideally, this approach—called a flipped classroom—leads to less lesson time spent introducing a concept and more time reinforcing it.

A flipped classroom is defined as

“a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.”

With today’s tech tools, you can produce your own material or borrow resources from others for your flipped classroom approach….

E-Books

An app called Book Creator makes it easy for teachers to design customized “lectures” for students to watch at home or during off-bench time at lessons. The app provides a user-friendly platform for creating interactive e-books that feature text, narration, graphics and videos. It’s available for the iPad as well as Android and Windows tablets. [···]

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