Below are some recent changes and other announcements we think you should know about.

New Features

Annual Pricing: pay once a year and save some cash – over the years, several Music Teacher’s Helper customers have asked for annual pricing. They want the convenience of not being billed every month. Today, we are excited to announce that annual pricing is available to all new and current users. You now have the option of monthly or annual billing.

Annual pricing is over 16% less than monthly. Or the equivalent of two months free per year. Do you sometimes downgrade to a lower price plan in summer months when you’re teaching fewer students? Switching to annual is essentially the same cost, but with less hassle. If you do switch to annual, you will be billed upfront for the next 12 months from the switch date. So let’s say you switch on November 1st, 2014; then you will be paid through November 1st, 2015. Please keep in mind that if you do cancel before those 12 months are up, there is no pro-rated refund. If you’d like to switch, click here for instructions and screenshots on how to do so.

Better search available on your blog page - visitors can now search for blog posts relevant to specific keywords they type into the search bar. For instance, if they are looking for a past post you mentioned to a student about practice tips, they can find that post more easily by searching “practice tips”. As always, you are able to create and assign categories for posts. So if you plan to write several posts about practice tips overtime, creating a category titled “Practicing” or Practice Tips” would be helpful. That way, when a visitor clicks that categories, they will see a list of all those posts you’ve assigned to it.

We’re also very excited about the progress we’re making on the new version of Music Teacher’s Helper. Some of the features we’re designing will also make it into the current version, so you can have them sooner. We’ll keep you posted as these become available.

Fixes

Pay Now button no longer showing in parent and adult student dashboard if online payments are not enabled - previously, if you did not enable Paypal or credit card payments, the Pay Now button still appeared in the online dashboard for parents or adult students. It was only removed from the invoice. Naturally, this created confusion on occasion for students or their parent. So now, if you choose to not accept online payments, they will not see links anywhere to pay online.

PDF invoice generation issue - recently, it was brought to our attention that invoices were not generating properly for some users. After implementing several changes to resolve the issue, we learned that the service we were using to generate PDFs had limitations we didn’t realize until our volume increase to point in which invoices were sending out faster than they could process. We switched to a different PDF tool and everything has been fixed. We apologize if it caused a hold up in your billing. We love that our community is sending lots of invoices and we are here to ensure you are getting paid on time. Keep it up!

Have an excellent rest of October. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@musicteachershelper.com or 1-800-517-2811.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes

We are pleased to announce the following updates on the iOS and Android apps :

We’ve sent an update to Apple with iOS8 updates, bug fixes, and improvements including the time format update. Applying payments to student accounts will be coming in the 2.2 iOS app release soon.

We know you are busy teaching eager music students, but if you haven’t already, please leave the app a review. This is done by clicking the App Store icon, searching Music Teacher’s Helper, clicking our green logo, then Reviews, and Write a Review. This helps with our rankings and allows more teachers to find out about our great community. Thank you!

The Android beta testing has begun and we look forward to a public beta within the next two weeks.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes, Site Announcements, Using Music Teacher's Helper

We are pleased to announce the new features and fixes last week.

New Features: 

  • The new and improved iOS app has been released. Click Here for more information.
  • We  will be releasing a new Android app within the next few weeks.

Fixes: 

  • Former student events are now being removed from the calendar.
  • Files on the resource page can now be opened.
  • The letterhead for the Overdue Invoice was scrambled. This has been fixed.
  • The Menu Error when using Safari on the iPhone has been fixed.
  • The Due Date was incorrect on saved invoices in the invoice history (1.0). This has been fixed.
  • The Edit page is now showing the same format on the homepage website.
  • Payments not entered into parent account has been fixed.
  • Invoicing 1.0 and 2.0: Flat fees were not reflecting on scheduled invoices being sent out. This has been fixed.

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We are proud to announce that the newest update for the Music Teacher’s Helper iPhone app is now available in the iTunes App Store. A lot of thought, resources, and testing from current users went into this completely redesigned app that compliments the Music Teacher’s Helper web app. We’re confident you are going to love it. And it’s free to download.

 

How to download the Music Teacher’s Helper iPhone App:

  1. Select the App Store icon from your iPhone.
  2. Click the “Search” function from the bottom menu.
  3. Type in “Music Teacher’s Helper”.
  4. Then click the cloud icon with a downward facing arrow.

App Store icon.

If you already have the app downloaded, you will see an update available in the App Store. Go ahead and click update to view the new version.

Why use the Music Teacher’s Helper app?

The iPhone app allows you to do and view most functions as the web app version of the software. Here are some examples where the app could come in handy:

  • Easily add, view, or edit student information and call or email them with one click from your phone.
  • View your schedule when not in front of your computer or laptop.
  • Add mileage right from your iPhone before stepping out of your car (make sure to park first!).

There are many more reasons to use the app. Different teachers use it for different reasons.

We haven’t forgotten about Android! 

We are finishing testing for the initial Google Play Store release to support Android devices. We will make an announcement once it’s available.

We’re committed to releasing future updates, and ensure the app runs smoothly. If you have any specific feedback about using the app or encounter any issues, please email support@musicteachershelper.com. That will help us make the app better.

Also, please take a minute and leave a review at the App Store.

To check out the Music Teacher’s Helper iTunes page, click here.

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Posted in Music & Technology, New Features and Fixes, Using Music Teacher's Helper

We are pleased to announce the new features and fixes last week:

  • The new and improved iOS app is being released in a few days. Watch for our email when the new app is released.
  • We  will be releasing a new Android app within the next few weeks.
  • Invoicing ver 1.0- Due date set was behind one day. This has been fixed.
  • Invoicing Ver 2.0- Automatic Invoices: Invoices weren’t created. This has been fixed.
  • Duplicate parent records can now be deleted.
  • Teacher’s Website was limited to showing six posts. The number of posts showing are now unlimited.
  • The cell showing minutes is now larger.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes, Site Announcements

We are pleased to announce the new features and fixes in August:

  • The new and improved iOS app is being released in a few days. Watch for our email when the new app is released.
  • Blog categories can now be filtered.
  • Added the ability to copy and repeat existing events to another date.
  • Made registration form fields optional (teacher can select required fields.
  • Updated alignment on PDF invoice details section.
  • Updated the No-Reply tag on emails.

We  will be releasing a new Android app within the next several months.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes, Site Announcements

Andrew

Invoicing Feature Improved!

June 21st, 2014 by

We’re excited to announce that the invoicing feature has been improved and the new version is now available in your account. Here are the five changes:

1) Streamlined forms with fewer inputs/clicks
2) Convenient invoicing templates with pre-set settings
3) New Sidebar lets you preview the dates that will appear on the invoice.
4) Easier invoice scheduling – Only add a name to the invoice schedule now
5) Now schedule invoices right from the invoice form.

 Click Here to watch a 7 minute webinar on using the new invoicing system.

If you want to keep the old invoicing feature, you may revert back by clicking “Settings” in the top right corner of your dashboard and then “Studio Settings”. There you can choose to use the old feature. Make sure to click “Save Preferences” before navigating away.

 

Here is a step by step walk through, with screenshots, on how to generate invoices with the changes.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes

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

 

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Posted in Customer Support, New Features and Fixes, Press, Site Announcements

We are excited to announce two student management features, Batch Processing and Student Summary. Many of you have requested these two features, and we heard your requests, and acted on providing these features for you. Both features are available to you in your student management page of your website. Go to STUDENTS > MANAGE STUDENTS.

Batch Processing: You will notice checkboxes next to your students in the Active, Waiting and Former Student sections. You can check the boxes next to the students to move more than one student from one section to another section. For example, If you need to move four students from the Active section to the Former Student section, check the box next to each student, and select the task from the dropdown window above the student list.

Student Summary: You can view all of a student’s information in their profile. On the Manage Students page,  you now have a View option next to each student. By clicking on View, the student’s profile will appear. There are now eight tabs above the student profile: Basic Info, Invoices, Payments, Lessons, Upcoming Schedule, Lent Items, Makeup Lessons, and Repertoire. Clicking on any of the six tabs will show the selected information for the student.

These are great and exciting student management features, and we will be releasing more new features for your website in the next few weeks and months. Thanks for your support and ideas, and we look forward to more great ideas from you at http://mth.uservoice.com/forums/116093-submit-your-ideas-here.

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Posted in New Features and Fixes, Site Announcements, Studio Management, Using Music Teacher's Helper

The following are new Features and Fixes on May 6, 2013:

  • Group events to be reconciled will now use each student’s default lesson cost if the Cost field is left blank.
  • You can now edit the time on Repertoire tracker.
  • You can now edit a studio expense without having it affect any future recurring expenses.

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