Apple Products in the Studio

Eleanor Bennett said: Jan 1, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Would a Mac Air, Mac Pro, or IPad give me the most help in my studio? Needs to play music plus be easy to carry with my violin, books, etc.

Eleanor Bennett

Patricia said: Jan 2, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Martinsville, NJ
58 posts

If you go to an Apple Store with a list of things you want to do—they will be able to tell you which will be a better priced item for you. I have an old powerbook that works well for anything I need to get done …. waiting for the new I-pad to come out—hopefully in the spring and for I-phone 5 before making some major purchases. Oh, and if you arrange music—Finale is fantastice! Good Luck!

Rigo Murillo said: Jan 17, 2012
Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Rowlett, TX
16 posts

I vote for mac… and most of the music teacher’s tasks can be accomplished without having to buy additional software.

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist

Matthew said: Jan 17, 2012
Matthew Olson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Bellingham, WA
16 posts

Here are two of the iPhone/iPad/iTouch apps I recommend for students:

http://olsonstringstudio.com/tagged/iPhone-Apps-for-Violinists

Barb said: Jan 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thank you, Matthew, I was going to look for good metronome and tuner apps!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

said: Jan 29, 2012
 145 posts

I use the app cleartune…. It’s a really nice tuner. Very easy to use for my more older adult students who have an iPhone

Barb said: Jan 29, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

By the way, Matthew, the link in your post gave me a 404 error message—I was able to just go to your home page, though.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Sue Hunt said: Jan 30, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

Thank you Barb. The tuning app will be very useful for my parents who are reluctant to spend a lot on an expensive tuner. Music in Practice .com

Matthew said: Jan 30, 2012
Matthew Olson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Bellingham, WA
16 posts

Here’s the updated link for the apps I recommend and use:

http://olsonstringstudio.com/tagged/iPhone-Apps-for-Violinists

Alicia said: Apr 24, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
13 posts

I just got the new iPad last month, and I love it for teaching! I can download music to it, look up YouTube videos for students, use a metronome, and keep track of lesson assignments all on one device. You can even download sheet music to it if you want. Plus it’s super compact. I think it’s great!

Alicia Reid
Suzuki Piano Teacher
[javascript protected email address]
http://aliciaspianostudio.musicteachershelper.com

Paula Bird said: Apr 24, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

And iPad videos are useful to instantly show a student what YOU the teacher sees

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Kathleen Kono said: Apr 25, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Shelburne, VT
12 posts

Alicia, how do you keep track of lesson assignments on it, that would be very useful for me. Thanks.

Barb said: Apr 25, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

One way to keep track of lesson assignments on an iPad is through Music Teacher’s Helper (link in signature). Of course you can use it with any computer.

They now have iPad/Phone apps, too, and so far have things like student list, lesson/event list, invoices, payment recording, income/spending reports, practice log, mileage tracker directly on the app. Parents/students have their own version of the app where they can see their lessons or other events, amount due, etc. I hope they will be adding lesson assignments to the app, too!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Carol Gwen said: Apr 26, 2012
Carol Gwen Kiefer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Washington Crossing, PA
75 posts

I recently started my 30 day trial period of Music Teachers Helper. Most attractive is the reports for tax time it automatically generates from my invoices. Still having some issues (like how to delete an invoice) to figure out before I pay a monthly fee.

Anyone else using music teacher’s helper?

Barb said: Apr 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Hi Carol,
If you open to view an invoice there is a delete option in the upper right hand corner. The invoices pull data from the calendar, the automatic student fees if you have that set up, or the transaction log, however, so that doesn’t cancel the account charges.

They have several good tutorial videos which should help you get oriented, and I have found their help desk support to be fantastic if you can’t find answers on your own. Or you can PM me and I’ll see if I can answer questions!

(There is another thread about Music Teacher’s Helper on this board somewhere…)

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Ruth Brons said: Apr 26, 2012
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

Re: Music Teacher’s Helper—I can’t say enough good things about it!
I have been using it for 4 years now.
Favorite features: online scheduling, automatic invoicing with the option for families to pay with PayPal, automatic lesson reminders, and this list goes on and on!
Well worth the monthly fee, and the investment of time to figure things to set it up to suit your studio needs. My site is: www.brons.us

Barb said: Apr 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Here is the other thread.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Alicia said: Apr 27, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
13 posts

I LOVE Music Teacher’s Helper! Before last August, I was only using it for the free website, but decided to give it a try for scheduling and lesson assignments. It is so worth the price you pay! I use the reconcile feature and the “lesson notes” for students’ assignments. I used to give them written assignments, but they mostly ignored the assignments. By putting them in Music Teachers Helper, I can keep track of what I assign them, and they can log in if they want to see the assignment. It has worked really well!

I also really like that I can set up automatic fees and invoices. Everything about Music Teachers Helper is awesome! I highly recommend it for all music teachers.

Alicia Reid
Suzuki Piano Teacher
[javascript protected email address]
http://aliciaspianostudio.musicteachershelper.com

Carol Gwen said: Apr 28, 2012
Carol Gwen Kiefer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Washington Crossing, PA
75 posts

Thanks, all. And thank you, Barb, for the thread.

I have been using a free Shutterfly web page, which is private and has lots of memory. I upload invoices, as well as handouts, studio policy, songs and exercises written on Finale for my students to download. It works well enough, and it’s free. My husband set up my Outlook to forward lesson and group reminders sent to me from shutterfly to my students automatically. Of course, Shutterfly advertises their picture products. Using their web site is intuitive, really easy.

I’ll give musicteacher’shelper a trial period over the summer. But I’m not giving up my shutterfly web site.

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