I remember it well. Waking up with coffee in hand, I hurried to my laptop to open the Music Teachers Helper tab. Yes, I could have read the Daily Summary email that appears in my inbox which lists all the students arriving for lessons that day, but I wanted to access my calendar to double check the lessons scheduled for the entire week.
You can imagine my surprise when I logged in and I received a message that my account had expired. I logged in again assuming that in my haste, I had incorrectly entered my password.
Uggh…again the message: your account has expired.
You know that feeling whenyour stomach drops right after the roller coaster has crested the top of the ramp and begins its descent? Suddenly my coffee wasn’t sitting so well with me any more.
My anxiety grew as I had a list of items to complete on my Music Teachers Helper site before students arrived. I was planning to
Update a wait-listed registrant to active so I could create and send an invoice to the new student
Edit a lesson as a student needed to switch a time from Monday to Tuesday morning
Begin a draft of next month’s newsletter
Ensure that parents would receive the correct lesson day and time in their notification email by checking the week’s schedule
Email a new student family and inform them about the convenience of paying online with a credit card. I worried—would this handy feature be available to my new clients because of my expired account?
Insecurities crept in. Were my blog posts no longer appreciated? Perhaps I posted one too late which triggered the shut-off valve of my MTH account?
I figured there was a reason behind the MTH lockout and I knew Ronnie Curry and his timely MTH support team would have the answer.
Ronnie to the rescue! He promptly responded to my email plea and reopened my account that had been closed due to a small glitch. Breathing became easier and I brewed myself a fresh cup of Keuirg coffee.
Music Teachers Helper is the on-demand assistant that I’ve come to value even more than I knew. With my current student load, the $49 a month, unlimited Music Teachers Helper account averages out to 92 cents a month per student. The peace of mind this system has offered me through the years is worth EVERY penny.
NOTE: Some of you may know that I also have my own blog at 88PianoKeys.me. Results from a recent MusicTeachersHelper survey revealed 88pianokeys.me is appreciated by MTH readers. I’m honored and thankful for your readership! Keep this list handy as it includes many relevant and helpful resources you’ll visit (as I will) on a regular basis. Resources Music Teachers Love
A screenshot of the top of my Thumbtack profile page.
One day I saw an ad on my Facebook page from Thumbtack. Have you seen it? It said something to the effect, “Thumbtack needs guitar teachers!” Curiosity got the best of me one day so I clicked on it.
Turns out they do! Thumbtack connects people that have project goals with professionals that can help them accomplish those goals. As a private guitar teacher, I can post a profile on Thumbtack that allows people searching for a guitar teacher to send me a request for a lesson quote. If they like the quote, Thumbtack puts us in touch and voilá, I’ve got a new student!
Thumbtack made it pretty easy to get started. The sign-up process was guided and surprisingly easy. When finished, your profile will have a clean and professional look. Here’s a link to my profile. (I’ve included some screenshots of the edit view of my profile page in this post.) You can include a bio, studio logo, details about the kinds of services you offer as well as professional credentials and that’s just for starters. You can included links to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, too, not to mention your Music Teacher’s Helper Website! When you’re ready to reply to customer requests you purchase credits, which are currency on Thumbtack, you use to pay when you send a quote to a customer. (Quotes cost between 2 and 9 credits depending on the type of project.) For guitar lessons it costs 2 credits or about $3 to send a prospective customer a quote. Would you be willing to pay someone $3 to find you a new student? That should be a no-brainer! Read more…
We are excited to introduce the Music Teacher’s Helper Android app, now available in the Google Play Store. Free to download and use, this brand new app compliments the Music Teacher’s Helper web app. If you do not have an active Music Teacher’s Helper account, you can sign up for a no-risk trial here.
How to download the Music Teacher’s Helper Android App:
Select the Google Play Store icon from your Android device.
The Android app allows you to do many of the same 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, text, or email them from your phone.
View your schedule when not in front of your computer or laptop.
Add mileage right from your phone 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. Your students can also use it to record practice sessions (with a built-in timer) and check their lesson schedule and payments.
What is a Public Beta?
Initial launches of an app can be tricky. There are thousands of Android devices with different screen sizes. We are excited to get the app into your hands, yet we understand it may not be perfect immediately. We would appreciate it if you let us know of any bugs, or anything we could create in the app to help you manage your studio better, and save you time every day.
We also want to know what features from the site you want to see in the app next, so reach out with your vote. You can send feedback from within the app or get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To check out the Music Teacher’s Helper Google Play page, click here.
In a series of blogs called ‘Getting Innovative with MTH’, I am sharing some of my favourite workarounds. My previous two posts were: creating a To Do Listand keeping track of my Inventory. These workarounds help me be even more efficient within Music Teacher’s Helper with a ‘One Stop’ approach for all my studio needs.
Monthly Calendar View: Week 3
Innovative Calendar of Events (combining all events in your life)
I really do love the flexibility of MTH and the powerful features within the Calendar for scheduling all my students.
I have now also created a way which works well for me to combine most, if not all, of the events in my life! Within the MTH Calendar for my student schedule, I am able to remember much more as I combine several calendar schedules together:
(1) for my personal appointments,
(2) for another teacher using my studio and
(3) my own piano/violin students both at my studio and offsite at students’ homes. Some of this logic might also help YOU if you have two teachers sharing the same studio space. Read more…
Using MTH Creatively VII – The Ever Changing Schedule
Creating the yearly schedule seem like a daunting task – can become your worst enemy!
Luckily for those instructors putting together their yearly calendar; once you have your MTH calendar complete you may sit back and relax! Getting to that point is the challenge many instructors dread. Read more…
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.
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:
Select the App Store icon from your iPhone.
Click the “Search” function from the bottom menu.
Type in “Music Teacher’s Helper”.
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 email@example.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.