Software Updates – Event Reminder Peace of Mind + New iPhone App Update Released

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Event reminders will now continue to be sent even if a subscription payment attempt to Music Teacher’s Helper fails until the account is suspended so that student communication isn’t disrupted for things like expiration date changes on the credit card you use.

The latest  update to the iPhone app has just been released. Many bug fixes were made and new features include:

  • Invoicing – ability to create, edit, view and print invoices.
  • Menu structure update
  • New birthday section in reports
  • Ability to create students or parents from contacts in your phone
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Refresh

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Teachers get tired, need to refresh.

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We need time away from lessons and students. Whether for an hour, a week, a month or a season. How can we relax and refresh ourselves to be ready when the next student shows up at the door?

Time to refresh

Time to refresh

I asked my friends at Piano Teacher Central, on Facebook, what helps them recharge.

Here are answers from this generous group:

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3 More Days to Save $5!

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Whether you want a copy of the C2 Practice Incentive Theme, a book of fun games to use in your piano lessons, a piano camp program, or anything else from the Music Matters Blog store, you have until June 30 to use our special $5 off coupon! Just enter the code SUMMER in your shopping cart to have your $5 off discount applied!

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Free Piano Sheet Music of ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

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I always enjoy playing James Koerts’ piano arrangements, so I was excited to find out that he has a new (and free!) arrangement of ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. I just downloaded it and am looking forward to trying it out!

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Help Students Practice Productively

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Hannah Cameron at piano

Now, go home and practice!

Much of the learning of an instrument takes place at home, between lessons. The more productive the home practice is, the better the progress. Below is a handout I once gave to my students to put in their binders as a reference for when they were not sure what to work on next. The instructions were to chose a category, then work on 3-5 items from the list. The lists are a little random, and many more points could be included, but it is a starting point. I have also used practice card decks, and even made Andrea Dow’s “popsicle sticks in a cup” as a group lesson activity, in which students write practice ideas on popsicle sticks, then place the sticks in plastic drinking cup and set it on their piano. They draw out sticks when practice inspiration is needed. This coming year I would like to make an entire “home practice kit” for each student. (Read more…)

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Using MTH Creatively X – Coffee & Pastries! (COPY & PASTE!)

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It’s summer and time for teachers to have coffee and pastries! I hope your cakes are delicious! It’s nice to have a break, but many teach full or part time in the summer.

USE MTH TO EASILY SCHEDULE MISCELLANEOUS SUMMER LESSONS!

COFFEE & PASTRY + EAT!

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Software Updates – Minor FIxes

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If you have been experiencing an issue with editing events, that has now been fixed.  Also, minor improvements and bug fixes reported by the Music Teacher’s Helper Quality and Assurance Team have also been corrected this week.

Thank you for using Music Teacher’s Helper. Have a great week!

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The iMasterclass – MTNA National Conference Las Vegas Part II

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Master classes are my favorite sessions to attend at conferences. Just being in the presence of great teachers is inspiring, and their words of wisdom resonate with me long after the conference. The longer the line, the greater the artist” – Jane Magrath

“If you can’t sing, you can’t play – you need to experience it inside” – Scott McBride Smith

“What is musicality? It is decency of the performer. It is the understanding of hidden meanings, connections, and completeness of the composition. It is deliciousness – not just in music, but in art and daily life” – Rozalie Levant

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Aimard’s Bach in Lights

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard again conquers the iconic keyboard repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach after his hugely successful The Art of Fugue recording 2008. A recently released double CD includes the entire The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1.

As part of a multimedia project that had never before been attempted, visual artist Alan Warburton created a virtual animation that highlighted not only Bach’s genius but also Warburton’s own creativity. He joined with French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and a veritable army of computer and music experts to create a stunning visual portrait of one of Bach’s most iconic works. It took more than 10 weeks to bring the project to fruition because every frame of the video had to be perfectly synchronized with Aimard’s playing and also make visual sense. There could be no weird reflections of light that wouldn’t occur in nature, for example, and anything less than visual perfection wouldn’t do justice to the music.

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Tips for Teaching Online

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More and more students are getting comfortable with learning from home via the internet, whether by making use of videos or online lessons.  I say “getting comfortable” because it really takes a little getting used to.  Technical glitches can make learning frustrating.  If you want to expand your teaching studio to the internet, be sure to think about some of these issues.

The Right Connection Software
Many people use Skype for lessons but I find it cumbersome because you and your  student have to be on each other’s phone list, and you are dependent on each other’s computer quality more than cloud-based systems.  Skype transmits the signals but depends on your computer to have the right software and handle most of the communications work.  Some software have quirky ways of meeting up with people, or low quality images.  But there screenare many systems out there and they are worth experimenting with.

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Software Updates – Some Minor Changes This Week

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No major announcements this week. Just some minor fixes.

Improvements Made This Week:

  • Completed a major ‘under the hood’ technology update to increase the speed, performance, security, and pace of development.
  • Added the ability to sort files by clicking the column header in the File Area.
  • Solved a bug that interfered with student registration for some members.
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Coming Soon – Carnival of the Animals: A Classical Christian Music Camp!

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I was so inspired by the Classical Conversations Parent Practicum that I attended last week that I’ve been working on developing our studio music camp program this year using a Classical Christian education model!

Carnival of the Animals Classical Christian Music Camp

It’s been a ton of fun using the Topic Wheel to generate ideas and put together what I think will be the best music camp program yet! I’ll keep you posted as plans develop!

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