Music Teacher's Helper Blog

Updates in October

Hello music teachers!

We’re happy to announce several new updates this month, as well as some announcements. Thank you for your great feedback. We get so many comments about how much you love the site and we’re glad that you do. Here are the latest updates to Music Teacher’s Helper in October.

New Features

  • Birthday Greetings! MTH can now automatically e-mail your students a birthday greeting. Enable the option in Home -> Preferences and customize your birthday greeting under Home -> Email Templates.
  • The Student Registration Form now allows you to choose which fields are “Required”.
  • Parents and adult students now see the Amount Due on their home page. The amount pulls from the Student Account Summary Report.
  • You can now see a history of your payments to Music Teacher’s Helper from the “My Account” page. (Just click “Payment History” in the sidebar.)
  • Students can now change their username and password when they login, and parents can change their students’ logins as well.

New Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an Internet Explorer bug that didn’t allow students to download some files from the File Area. Now works in all browsers.
  • Manage Student Logins page will now only reset the student’s username if they don’t already have a username.
  • Fixed bug not allowing files over 10MB to be uploaded to the File Area.
  • Reconcile All page no longer shows an amount for flat fee students, since “flat fee” lessons aren’t charged individually.
  • Fixed e-mail template double spacing issues.
  • Fixed bug with changing the day of the week for repeating events. Note that it will still delete any future events in the series
  • Birthdays before 1970 now show correctly on home page.

For those teachers paying by check, we also announced this month that Music Teacher’s Helper will no longer accept check payments after Dec 31, 2009. We apologize for the inconvenience, but it no longer makes sense for us to do this, as less than 1% of our customers were taking advantage of that option.

Also, just so you know, we are working on a new graphics design for the main Music Teacher’s Helper website, as well as the “logged in” area. We want to make the user-interface more consistent, more intuitive, more simple, and more beautiful. We’ll be fixing a number of little annoyances during this process as well, so stay tuned for some great improvements within the next month or two!

About the Author

Brandon Pearce
Brandon Pearce is the founder and CEO of Music Teacher's Helper, a web-based software program to help music teachers manage the business aspects of teaching music lessons.

A piano teacher and computer programmer himself, he created Music Teacher's Helper as a side project to manage his own students, and in 2004, made it available for music teachers worldwide.

Since then, it has grown to supp... [Read more]

4 Comments

  1. Natalie Wickham

    Thanks so much for adding the Amount Due on the student accounts! I appreciate how responsive you are to teacher requests and suggestions!

  2. Jean Kroll

    Your company is amazing!!! Thanks for the birthday message option! It just helps the teacher look that much more organized and personal!

  3. Dorothy Smith

    I like the birthday email and have set my preference. So I will make a wish (request) I add a 15% surcharge for music and supplies to cover shipping and tax. Could you add a feature that would allow a flexible surcharge to be calculated and added? (Perhaps even displayed?) Right now I am having to use my own calculator to figure the percentage, then add it to the original cost.

  4. Brandon Pearce

    Thanks for the great comments. I’m glad you like the birthday message.
    @Dorothy – We’ll add the option for a surcharge to our features list to consider in the future. Thanks for your suggestion.

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