Using Music Teacher’s Helper

Useful tips for how to get the most out of your Music Teacher’s Helper subscription, and save time managing your music studio.

Over time, we’ve had a few requests from teachers who want to be able to keep track of make-up lessons in Music Teacher’s Helper. We’ve also had requests from teachers who want to setup available lesson times, and let students pick from available slots on a first-come, first-serve basis.

One of our most active members came up with a brilliant idea that will let you do both of these right now. Here is what he said: [···]

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There are two new features in Music Teacher’s Helper that have made it much more useful in my teaching. Well, they’re not really new, technically, but they have been recently improved by Support so that they work better for me, and hopefully for you as well.

One is the Daily Summary, and the other is the ability to not only reconcile all lessons at once but also to choose to email lesson notes to students from the same window.

These two features play off each other. The reconcile-all window lets me come home from teaching and enter notes about all my lessons at the same time. The daily summary uses those lesson notes the next time each student has a lesson scheduled, and reminds me what each person was working on.

New for Reconciling Lessons

What’s new is that the reconcile-all window allows us to check off whether we wish to email lessons notes to each student. I have found out that my students really like this feature. They receive by email  [···]

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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: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812935.

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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