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
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!
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…)
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.
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“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
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.
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 are many systems out there and they are worth experimenting with.
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!
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!