Tech Tuesday Review: My Music Staff

mymusicstaff-logo-2015My Music Staff is a web-based resource you can use on whatever device  you have. Just log into your account online wherever you are and manage your studio.

My Music Staff is super easy to set up. Simply input your students and family details (you can do this by importing your contacts if you wish) to set up their account. Have multiple teachers in your studio? No problem, My Music Staff makes managing easy for you too.

MMSHome-1024x640 MMSStudent-Details-1024x640 MMSStudents-1024x640Once that is done you will be able to include and access attendance notes, practice log, repertoire and email history.

Next you can schedule events, group lessons, camps and more to be added to your calendar (in addition to regular lessons). The calendar will even show students birthdays!

MMSCalendar-1024x640Easily keep track of your lending library…

MMSLibrary-1024x640… and send invoices to families. By the way, My Music Staff is working on an exciting update (currently in beta). “Now, when a student/parent clicks the “Make Payment” button (or uses the “Pay Online” link in an invoice), they’ll be taken to a new payment page first that displays your invoice logo and a few other details about their payment before they’re taken to PayPal.” That is coming soon!

MMSFamilies Invoices-1024x640Expenses and income log, very helpful at tax time! And don’t forget to keep track of your mileage.

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You can even set up a website page and posts. If you already have one, they have some widget codes you can add to yours.

MMSWebsite-1024x640When you log into My Music Staff you not only see your agenda for the day, but you can see the latest “staff room news” so you are always updated with the latest.

My Music Staff has a clean interface that makes managing you studio super easy for even the tech challenged teacher! My Music Staff is just $12.95 a month no matter how many students you have.

My Music Staff does not do an affiliate program like some of the others. Keith Russell stated “We believe in offering the lowest price possible to everyone without compromising features, benefits or service.”

You can check out My Music Staff here and sign up for a month trial for free.


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Tech Tuesday: Guidebook app

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If you are going to MTNA conference, you will want to download the Guidebook app on your mobile device. It’s free and will give you access to the full schedule, information about presenters, tracks, exhibitors and conference maps. You can even customize your own schedule. Click here to download. Then search for 2015 MTNA National Conference and click to open. Easy and very handy!

See you soon!

Tech Tuesday: Dragon Scales

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 12.20.17 PMSpeaking of Dragons (if you saw my post earlier today, you will know what I’m talking about)…  Dragon Scales, an iOS app for the iPad is on sale 40% off for the month of March.

Dragon Scales is a fun way for students to review their scales. Students begin by playing the scale on the iPad keyboard. The goal is to play it up and down correctly before the dragon gets the knight. (Warning: sometimes boys like it when this happens) There are several speeds and game length options to choose from. So if a student is just learning a new scale they might want to start with the slow speed and work their way up.

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Both Major and Minor, including harmonic, melodic and natural scales are included. It is super easy to choose which keys to review.

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Did you know there are instructional videos to help students learn their scales? I’ve used this app several times and for some reason either didn’t realize this or totally forgot about this feature! I’m glad I was reminded. A perfect way to use this during lab time is have a student watch a video and follow up with the game.

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 12.16.24 PMAnother little tidbit you may have not known: “Students preparing for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations (Canada) or the assessments of the Music Development Program (USA) will find that the specific scale requirements for each grade level are available as presets. A single tap will enable all of the scales that could be requested on your next examination.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 12.16.45 PMIf you don’t have Dragon Scales yet, be sure to take advantage of the big discount this month!

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Tech Tuesday: Video Lesson Example

About 6 months ago, I posted about the different options my parents have to take advantage of when they miss a lesson as I do not give makeups. (You can read the post here if you missed it) This month is spring break month. I have students that have different spring break weeks spread throughout the month. So I have suggested to my families that if their spring break is a different week than the studio spring break, they request a video lesson.

I’ve had a few teachers inquire a little more about this option trying to visualize exactly what it is. So I decided I would download an example for you to watch. My video lessons are a little different than some others that have been suggested. For example, Wendy Stevens has students email her their practicing and she gives them feedback either in written form or in video form.

What I like to do instead is video myself (I just use my iPad- super easy and quick to upload to an unlisted link on YouTube) giving a lesson as if the student was here with me (but they aren’t) so I’m talking to them in the video. This will allow them to polish up what they were working on the previous week and then be able to move on for the week they missed. If I already don’t have a copy of their last assignment page, I just have them text or email me a picture of it.

The example I’m giving you is for a student who is just learning the notes on the staff. She started in Pianimals Book B (off staff- letter names) and we are just starting in Book C. I hope this gives you a better idea of what a video lesson is at least in my studio.

 

By the way, the FPSResources YouTube page is brand new, so feel free to subscribe!

On another note: If you have purchased Group Made Fun: Conducting Basics, I updated links and added a powerpoint version as well. Be sure you click here and re-download.

Did you miss these freebies? Don’t forget to leave feedback each time you download. ;)

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MISOM: Rhythm e-Book

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Celebrating MIOSM!

March is Music in our Schools Month and music teachers on TpT are celebrating in a big way! Each week this month, you will receive a FREE e-book chalk full of free musical goodies you can enjoy! So keep your eye out!

This week we are celebrating with a Rhythm e-book. This is the book I contributed in. Thank you to Amy Abbott for being such a great editor and putting this book together for all the contributors so you to enjoy! Click on the picture below to download. Remember to leave some kind feedback when you download each.

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Kicking off MIOSM, yesterday I posted some free bookmarks you can give to your students. If you haven’t downloaded them yet, you can do so here or by clicking the picture below. Remember to leave some feedback.

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Tech Tuesday: Understanding Intervals

Leila Viss with 88 Piano Keys recently came out with an iBook that I think every studio needs to download and use with their students. Understanding Intervals is a free interactive e-book you can receive when you sign up for the 88 Piano Keys newsletter here. 

The fun thing about e-books is the interactivity possibilities. In Understanding Intervals, Leila has recordings of her speaking and giving examples throughout the book. I love that she narrates so I can even use the book with younger students that might not read very well yet.

Understanding Intervals are divided into 3 parts. The first part is going through what an interval is. Besides visual and audio, musical examples are also given.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.36.48 PMPart 2 is about finding the right fit. Throughout the book, Leila creatively likens intervals like shoe sizes. I love this! This gives students wonderful visual examples they can instantly relate to. In part two Leila goes through half and whole steps, Major, minor, Augmented and Diminished intervals.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.17 PMPart 3 is “Tying” everything together (remember the shoe analogy?). In this section students will learn about scales in relation to the intervals and changing the quality of the intervals.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.41 PMAt the end of the book, Leila recommends some apps you can follow up with students reviewing what they just learned.

I will be using Understanding Intervals next week during students lab time. Though this book would also be great to use even during a group lesson! After my students go through the book, they will be following up with the apps that were recommended. I love how thorough the app was and how it was presented. I loved the shoe analogy and all the examples that were given. Great job Leila!

Remember you can receive a free copy of this book by going here and signing up for Leila’s newsletter. You will need to download iBooks on your iPad as that is where the app will show up. You can download iBooks here.

On another note… Leila Viss recently interviewed me about how I use the iPad in my studio. I was in the middle of typing this post when an email from 88 Piano Keys came in and I saw the interview is now live! Check it out here.

Tech Tuesday: New Look, New Media

If  you have visited the blog or Facebook in the last couple days you may have noticed an updated look! FPSResources has a brand new logo, banners, etc… designed by A Little Peace of Africa. FPSResources is also now on Google+ (before I just had my studio on there) and more!

I’ve done some additions, changes, re-arranges, etc… so feel free to join me at the following locations… (click on pictures below)

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