Music Teacher's Helper Blog

Music Teacher’s Helper just got a great review at

In it, we were called “A world-class piece of online software that manages every aspect of a private music studio… apart from the teaching!” among other things.

It did recommended that if you’re using your Music Teacher’s Helper studio website as your only website, that you get your own domain name and redirect it so you don’t have to have a really long website such as I think that’s a good idea, too.

Anyway, it’s nice to hear people talking about us. Have a read and see what you think.

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Do you play along with your students during lessons?  Clearly, much of the time it’s important for students to get used to playing on their own, and for you to be able to focus, listen, and watch them without trying to play yourself.  For piano teachers, of course, playing along requires a second piano or a high or low part on the same piano.

But sometimes it’s very useful to play along.  The benefits of doing this stood out this week with one of my students in particular, so I thought I’d throw it out for discussion.

As a student is learning a tune, or piece of music, playing with them can model for them what you find important.  At times, it may be your priority that the student play through a section for the sake of continuity.  By playing along and not stopping for mistakes, you communicate your priority without a word.

Another time, you may want to stop when a note is out of tune or a wrong note is hit, modeling a certain kind of awareness you want the student to think about.

When you play along,  [···]

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Are you a member of any of the music organizations listed below? Maybe you can recommend a group that’s not on the list. Is there an organization, whether national or local, that you especially like (or dislike)? Please feel free to tell us, by adding a comment at the end of this article; we’d all appreciate hearing about your experiences.

Music teachers and performers are necessarily people-oriented, and yet many are freelancers, running their own teaching studios, and spend precious time alone practicing, listening, composing, arranging, preparing materials.

Bringing them together is the goal of professional music organizations, which offer networking opportunities, educational workshops and conferences, publications, grants, awards, competitions, insurance, websites, with annual dues ranging from $35 to $120.

Before listing some organizations and their websites, I must confess that the reason I first joined a national music organization was to get half-price instrument insurance.  [···]

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