We are excited to announce MTH Webinars are now live. Live sessions will last approximately twenty to thirty minutes, with a Q & A session following each webinar. Each training session is limited to 25 participants, but a recording of the training session will be available at a later date.
Go to webinars.musicteachershelper.com and signup for a training webinar now. Training webinars include Settings, Student Management, Scheduling, and Invoicing.
Check the page frequently for updates on new days and times, as well as listings for other webinars such as Affiliate Training and Marketing Your Studio. We also plan to have advanced webinars such as Designing your Website, etc.
A reminder and link will be emailed to you one day, and again one hour, before the webinar is to begin.
Posted in Customer Support, Site Announcements, Using Music Teacher's Helper
We are excited to announce the new Blog Feature for your music studio website. Also, your last five blog posts will show up on the dashboard of your parents and students after they log in. To begin using the new blog feature, you will need to first activate the blog.
Activating Your Blog
- Hover over “Website”, and click on “Website Pages”.
- Scroll down to “Blog”, and click on “Edit”.
- Change the page status from “Inactive” to “Active”.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click “SAVE”.
Creating Your Post
If you select “Create a New Post”, a new page will open, presented with an editor, in which you write up your very first post. After writing your article, you can select “Enable The Post”, or “Disable The Post”. You can also choose to allow comments on posts. Select your choices at the bottom and then select “Save Post”.
To create a post, hover over “Website”, and click on “Blog”. On this page you will see a list of posts you have already created, and two buttons at the top to “Create A New Post” or “Categories”.
Before you begin creating posts, you will first need to create categories to assign your posts. Click on “Categories” and create a few categories that you know you will be using for your posts. Examples for categories you could use are “Recitals”, “Practice Tips”, ”Announcements”, or “Instrument Care”.
You are now ready to create your first post.
- Click on “New Post” in the “Blog” section.
- You will be taken to a page where you can give your new post a title, and begin writing your post.
- You will also see a text editor for formatting your post.
- After completing your article, scroll to the bottom of the screen and set the new post status to “Public” or “Hidden”.
- Designate if you want to enable or disable comments from your readers.
- When you are finished, select “Preview” or “Save Post”.
Your posts can now be viewed by your parents, students, and anyone else who has been provided with the link to your blog (your_name.musicteachershelper.com/posts).
Posted in Customer Support, MTH 101, Site Announcements, Using Music Teacher's Helper
This is part three of my series about interesting ways I use Music Teacher Helper in my studio not always per the software itself.
Keeping track of miscellaneous fees = Headaches
If your studio is like mine, you offer to purchase books and materials for your students. Not only is this a nice service to the customer but it assures that students will have the correct supplies when needed.
My October 2013 blog post discussed ways to earn extra income by offering supplies for the students.
Keeping track of all theses book and miscellaneous charges is, quite frankly, a pain. First you have to remember to get payment from the student. That job is made easier by adding the fees on MTH, however it is up to you to remember to actually add the fee. How many times do you go through your bookkeeping and realize a charge you paid was not transferred to the student for which the purchase was made? Read more…
Posted in Customer Support, Professional Development, Promoting Your Studio, Studio Management, Uncategorized, Using Music Teacher's Helper
Grandfather Clauze said, “HO HO HO!!”
This is part two of my series about interesting ways I use Music Teacher Helper in my studio, not always per the software itself.
Excuse my pun on Grandfather Clauze vs grandfather clause – seemed fitting this time of the year. As you know, a Grandfather Clause is when an old rule applies to some existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all future cases for those that are “grandfathered in”.
Studio development = Inevitable change
As studios develop, economy and personal preference generate change.
I find that financial changes are scrutinized so I handle those changes with utmost care. Contrarily, changes that I know will take place each year (such as tuition increases) are clearly defined in my guidelines so there will be no surprise and I have not had issues with this thus far. Read more…
Posted in Customer Support, Professional Development, Promoting Your Studio, Studio Management, Using Music Teacher's Helper
In 2013 we released many new features and updates for you. We want to thank you for your support and great suggestions throughout the year.
Below are a few features and updates now available or expected to be available in the upcoming weeks.
Website Blog: We are in the testing phase of the new Blog feature, and plan to release the feature soon. When the feature is released, we will send you an email, informing you of the release of this feature requested by many of you.
Simplified Invoicing System: Our programmers continue to enhance and simplify our invoicing system.
iOS Update: The latest Ios app release 1.5.7 is now available for download at the Apple Store. You will need to delete the older version before downloading the new release.
Some of the new iOS additions include:
- Income and earnings report
- About tab that now easily identifies the version of the app and basic information
- Terms of Service displaying properly
iOS issues resolved include:
- The student name missing after changing status
- Lesson notes not saving
- App crashing after entering payment
Posted in Customer Support, New Features and Fixes, Press, Site Announcements
I have been using Music Teachers Helper to support my music teaching business since 2008. Its exciting to see the changes over the years which add to it’s effectiveness as my office support.
During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank MTH for being innovative in listening to the needs of its customers and for providing us with what we need to make our job easier. What music teacher wants to spend time on scheduling and bookkeeping when we could be searching for music and creating an exciting environment for our students?
This is the first article in a series of how I use MTH creatively, in ways perhaps not intended by the software itself. If you look back on my previous blogs you will see that is my forte (no pun intended).
MTH calendar showing NO LESSON days
Customer questions about schedule around the holidays
As easily accessible as is the MHT calendar, I get numerous emails from students asking about the days no lesson will be held as we approach holidays. These questions come despite the web calendar and email reminders about days lessons will not be held. Read more…
Posted in Customer Support, Studio Management, Using Music Teacher's Helper
Thank you for participating in our June Survey, “Which MTH Features Do You Use?”. Below are the results of the survey:
1. Which of the following Student Features do you use?
2. Which of the following Calendar Features do you use?
3. Which of the following Billing/Business Features do you use?
Posted in Customer Support, Using Music Teacher's Helper
What is patience?
Patience is the sate of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way: or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity.
(Thanks to Wikipedia for the description and picture – (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patience)
Patience, engraving by Hans Sebald Beham, 1540
Posted in Customer Support, New Features and Fixes, Teaching Tips, Using Music Teacher's Helper
I recently started using a plugin for Gmail called Boomerang. This has been a great asset in managing my Inbox. Boomerang allows you to do multiple tasks;
1) Write an email now and then send it at a later date.
2) Schedule reminders so you don’t lose track of important emails in your Inbox.
3) Send reminders if you don’t hear back from someone on an important email.
Posted in Customer Support, Financial Business, Music & Technology, Professional Development, Studio Management
The Daily (Email Lesson) Summary Report option has been moved from the bottom of the REPORTS Menu to the top, so the feature can be found easily.
The Daily Summary Report is the feature that, when activated, sends you an email daily of your student lessons itinerary for the day, including phone numbers, lesson notes from the previous lesson, and any fees that are due from a student.
Posted in Customer Support, New Features and Fixes, Studio Management, Using Music Teacher's Helper