One of the trickiest things about managing my professional life involves the sheer diversity of the types of events that I need to schedule:
- lessons at both the RCM main location and my Oakville home studio
- dress rehearsals
- master classes
- meetings with multiple committees
- practice time for me
MTH allows a teacher to customize types of events and their cost. Fortunately, the RCM handles referrals and billing for all my teaching, but I need to manage everything else from scheduling to repertoire to figuring out which of my books and CDs I've lent to whom. In addition, for my playing and adjudicating engagements I need to be able to manage accounts receivable in a very organized way and be able to issue invoices and recepts to individuals and companies.
It should be a fascinating journey (and learning curve!). I've already entered all of my 30+ students at the RCM and my teaching schedule from May 19 onwards. At this week's lessons, I'll be giving out userid and password info. This weekend has already been a blast learning how to trick out an MTH teacher's site--being able to easily add pages and embed stuff (like YouTube videos and a Sitemeter traffic counter) via html is a definite plus. My next challenge is to integrate what I teach in the studio with what students and parents see on their login-only areas.