Let’s Get All Students Off to a Good Start!
At Crescendo Music Loft, we use A LOT of technology! And we think it’s so important to have access to this technology that we have employed staff (a.k.a. The Goddess of Gigabytes: Melissa Greenberg) for the sole purpose of helping you get organized and educated in using it.
First, Get Acquainted with My Music Staff
My Music Staff is the music teaching software that manages our schedules, student accounts, billing and online resources. This is where you go to:
- update your contact information
- view your teacher’s schedule and book lessons
- enter your birthday
- access your personal music files
- access accompaniment tracks
Once you are added as a student, you will receive an email with a link to create a password and finalize your My Music Staff account.
Next, Let’s Set Up Your Device
Ideally, each student will have a home screen on a computer, iPad, tablet or even a smart phone that is devoted to music apps. As soon as a student can’t find one of these apps, practice times can get shut down.
We are so dedicated to getting everyone up and running, we would even go so far as to see if we could secure a device for any student who doesn’t have access to one.
For inspiration, check out Sandy’s iPad homescreen:
Apps You Need
Bare Minimum Apps Needed For All Students
My Music Staff
My Music Staff does not have currently have an app, however you should save the link to your Home Screen for quick, easy access. With Apple devices, open the website, click the share icon and select the option Add to Home Screen. You may need to scroll down to find this option. You can edit the name as it will appear but take care not to change the URL.
The Pro Metronome app will quickly become a reliable friend to any music student. Ted Ervin, our resident Factotum at The Music Loft, wrote a meticulous Blog Post on the ins-and-outs of this invaluable app.
YouTube is where videos of Crescendo Music Loft students will be posted (in either a private or public format), and also where you will find instructional videos from Sandy and playlists to supplement the curriculum. It is helpful to have a login for YouTube so you can subscribe to the Crescendo Music Loft channel. Check out how to adjust the speed for practice purposes here.
Play music theory games and gain skill in reading and listening necessary to advance through Crescendo Music System. Desktop version is free, and you can either pay $4 for it to look beautiful through the app, or you can click “web version” every time and use it for free.
BPM Tap will count any tempo in beats per minute. Sandy talks about BPM here.
Getting oriented with pitches is almost impossible without an external source. Since our curriculum is centered around learning how to use the piano as a tool, having access to a keyboard is essential to quick progress. If you don’t have an actual keyboard or piano, then this website can help you in a pinch.
For Piano Students
The app PA Player is a user-friendly tool for any piano student using the Piano Adventures music books. For $4.99/level purchase the Interactive Accompaniments version which includes play-along tracks for the Lesson Book, the Performance Book and Technique & Artistry Book. It’s a no-brainer for the price. Only certain students will need access to the PA Player app. Check with your teacher before purchasing.
For Voice Students
Vocal Pitch Monitor
Vocal Pitch Monitor is a straightforward, no frills app that displays the pitch it is receiving from the microphone it is connected to. You can record up to three minutes and save the recording to playback at a later date. In the settings menu you have the option to change the score and colors for easier viewing.
Sight Reading Factory
Your teacher will tell you when it is time to download Sight Reading Factory.
Contact Info You Need
Contact Kirsten, our Maven of Marketing, Bookkeeping, & Scheduling for scheduling and payment info. Her office hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday:
Websites You Need
Crescendo Music Loft
The Crescendo Music Loft site provides resources pertaining to the Loft space as well as the school. You will find rehearsal room information, music lesson details and class schedules, materials and links to curriculum, current events and the entertaining and informative Clef Notes blog.
Crescendo Music System
Crescendo Music System is home to all things related to voice and piano curriculum. You will find links to daily workout tracks and centering songs, online courses, and links to any materials that may be required for Rudiments and Music Theory. Put the url for this site on your device homescreen.
Practice Station Set Up
Establish a pleasant space in which the student can work daily with the following items:
- Piano or keyboard (if at all possible)
- Music stand
- Metronome (if not using app)
- Tablet or phone ready with all apps installed
- Bluetooth speaker that works with device
- Binder and other books
- Sharpened pencils with good erasers
Posts to Read
Our Clef Notes Blog covers a variety of topics from singing tips and practice techniques to useful software and commentary on music. Here is a list of posts applicable to our newest students:
- Seven Ways to Motivate Your Child to Practice Their Instruments
- Rituals of Preparation
- Practice Tips From a Non-Professional
- Just Tell Me the Truth About How Much You Practiced
- Tips for Getting Started on Piano
- What I Mean By Daily Vocal Workout
For Zoom Students
Check out these Clef Notes Blog posts for tips on making the most out of your Zoom lesson.
Tools For Guitar Students
- Guitar Picks
- Guitar Strap (optional)