My private vocal studio is comprised mostly of high school students.  I have regular studio classes, for which I hire various pianists.  The main goal of this is help students learn BEFORE college the fine art of working with a pianist.  This is vitally important, I think, when teaching music (especially voice, as the voice is rarely presented alone).

I also hire pianists to play for the two annual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions that we have each year here in Arizona.  I try to contact pianists well in advance.  When I contact each pianist, I spell out projected dates, amount of pay, and what the projected repertoire is.  I keep in contact with the pianist, and ask if it’s okay whenever there is a schedule change, BEFORE I confirm it with the students.

Most importantly, I found over the years that I got incredibly nervous when it came to paying the pianist.  After enough times running after students to make sure they had paid, I decided to use MTH’s [···]

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This month we have launched a new feature on Music Teacher’s Helper to make it easier to remind students to pay for invoices. If you’ve ever sent your students an invoice from Music Teacher’s Helper’s, or used our options to receive on-line payments from your students, you’ve probably noticed that students pay a lot more regularly and on time. But occasionally, you might run across a student that needs a bit more prodding. That’s why we’ve added Automatic Overdue Invoice Notifications. If you enable this option under Settings -> E-mail Notifications, then your students will get a reminder if they don’t make a payment after a certain number of days past the due date. (You can set how long after the due date you want the reminder sent.)

Keep in mind that since Music Teacher’s Helper doesn’t apply payments directly to invoices, but to the student’s account, the system assumes that it’s the last invoice that’s due. So a reminder  [···]

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