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.
Inland Valley Symphony outdoor concert in Temecula
Today was the last day of my “summer vacation.” Starting from tomorrow, I will be back to my regular teaching schedule. I took a three week studio break from June to July, some students had lessons after that, some have been away, and I will see almost all of them back for lessons this coming week. I spent most of today organizing my teaching supplies and sorting new books for students, and wondering where did the summer go! Well, I have had a productive summer, and a recent blog by Leila Viss – Why Don’t We Collaborate? made me reflect on the various collaborative projects I have been involved with this summer.
With Dan Callaway at Temecula Pop Under the Stars
First, some of you may remember the name Dan Callaway. Dan was a blog author on Music Teachers Helper, I read many of his wonderful posts before I joined the blog team. Well, as it turned out, I met him in person this summer in an outdoor “Pop Under the Stars” concert in my town! He was one of the featured solo vocalists and I played the keyboard in the symphony orchestra. The concert was a huge success, drawing more than 2000 people. Dan was awesome and the audience loved him! As a pianist, we don’t get a lot of collaborative opportunities to perform with a large number of musicians. Unlike band instruments, we are not used to producing a “collective sound.” The experience is invaluable, and I can not recommend it highly enough!