Welcome to the mgrmusic.com Community (All Teachers)
ModeratorOctober 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm
Hi Matthew! Eee I’m so excited about it all! Hi everyone, I am a singing teacher based in Bristol!
The website is great, as well as the ideas going forward.
This is a fabulous idea. I miss forums. Takes me back to the early noughties!
MemberNovember 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm
This is cool 🙂 Like the layout of it all! Makes everything easy. Great Idea!
I am Wes, a singing teacher based in Nottingham.
MemberNovember 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm
Cool space – I’m looking forward to all the vocal nerd chats we can have here. Woohoo!
MemberNovember 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm
Hey guys here, Matt here from London! 🙂 Can’t wait to get nerding up with everyone 🙂
MemberNovember 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm
Also, SO excited by the potential of this resources area – we could put together a whole load of our exercises for each other to use and look at!
What’s the plan with people editing the resources, Matthew?
OrganizerNovember 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm
I am pleased to say that the Wiki part of the website is possible if teachers are interested in having a place where everyone can add, edit and engage with “wiki” style articles.
MemberNovember 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Love the website, really nice way to bring everything together! I look forward to seeing some new ideas 🙂
I’m Ben, a singing teacher based in London.
MemberNovember 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm
Hi everyone! My name is Andrew, guitar teacher from Sheffield. The website looks great. Looking forward to hearing from other music teachers around the country. Hopefully pick up some useful teaching tips!
MemberNovember 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm
Ruth teaching in Derby this is going to be great!
MemberNovember 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Hi I’m Beckie and I teach singing lessons in Nottingham too 🙂
MemberNovember 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm
Hey all, I’m Monika and I’m a vocal coach based in Peterborough. The website looks great! It’s super user friendly, easy to navigate, and shall be a fabulous resource to everyone! 🙂
ModeratorNovember 14, 2015 at 7:34 pm
I would love a like button!! 😉
OrganizerNovember 30, 2015 at 9:50 am
Hi Eliza – pleased to say I have now added a “like button” as you wanted 🙂
Also added the new feature of points for getting involved in the forum…there will be prizes, I will make a topic about it on the 1st of December for the December prize for being top on the 25th December 2015. Badges are also given in recognition of a teacher’s engagement with the platform, leading to the ultimate “Master Teacher” level! Any other suggestions for how to improve the website just let me know.
Also worth letting all teachers know that I am working on updating the “Submit Lessons Taught” document to make it a far more bespoke document that will have lots of added features. Again more on this to follow – until then keep enjoying the website, it will be released to all teachers in early 2016.
OrganizerDecember 1, 2015 at 7:12 am
Haha classic – I am not sure I can implement this one for you, but I am starting to plan a corresponding student website that will be released in 2016 at some point. I am planning to call it MGR Music Academy – it will be broadly similar to this website, however, with a different system that enables students to register themselves (perhaps using Facebook), a place where teachers can upload info for the students & update progress, as well potentially an area for “secondary teachers” to add their lessons taught and pay for those lessons overseen by the “lead teacher” (this will be using the new bespoke lesson submission document that is currently in the process of begin developed to be even better than the Numbers document we currently use. I will keep you updated, but both platforms will be continued to developed over the next 6 months.
ps. thanks to the teachers that have notified me that the Numbers document doesn’t work on all mobile/tablet devices (even if they are Apple products), a key part of Version2 of the document will be that it is mobile friendly for you 🙂 any other comments about the platform/improvements you wish just let me know.
ModeratorDecember 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm
That sounds amazing – that’s the very thing I’ve been waiting for! That’s just epic.
But the question on everybody’s lips… what does the “G” in MGR stand for?!
OrganizerDecember 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm
The “G” in “MGR” is my middle name, I will let you work that one out with the group…I think Matt Pocock knows 😛
ModeratorDecember 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm
ModeratorDecember 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Forum Suggestion: Should there be a forum for each instrument? So that we don’t have to add topics with who it applies to in brackets (sorry if you were planning this already).
MemberDecember 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm
Gareth or Garth?
OrganizerDecember 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm
Haha, Eliza – you got it in one! How did you know I am called George? 🙂
As for separate instrument forums, I started it like that but I would rather have 1 active forum rather than 3 dead forums & 1 active singing teacher forum (singing teachers happen to be quite chatty…big surprise there!). Indeed, most of the topics are multi teacher any way…lesson cancelations, price increases etc. The brackets let teachers know if it is an instrument specific topic.
MemberDecember 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm
MemberDecember 4, 2015 at 1:04 am
Eliza, how are you already on more than 30 points? You’re like blitzing this paladin +100 health style!
Love the gamification, Matthew! Awesome.
MemberDecember 4, 2015 at 1:06 am
How do you get the level 1 banner?
OrganizerDecember 4, 2015 at 9:31 am
Glad you like the gamification of the forum, Master Teacher Level 1 badge is award for teachers who post 3 replies in forums (since I have introduced it, so there will be a small number of cases where teachers have replied three times but haven’t won the badge yet). More details about Master Teacher badges can be found Master Teacher Points & Badges Post where I will post the info about the different badges and how to win them 🙂
MemberDecember 4, 2015 at 10:03 am
Which theoretically means if I reply now… I become level 1 😛
OrganizerDecember 4, 2015 at 10:45 am
Congratulations Wes – thankfully the badges system is working and you are up to Master Teacher Level 1!
ModeratorDecember 4, 2015 at 11:05 am
I have this many points because I have too much time on my hands. Which makes no sense as these have been the busiest 2 weeks of the year! Maybe it’s my escape!
ModeratorDecember 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm
I should warn you all at this point of my highly competitive side.. will try not to just turn into a spammer!
Sounds great Matthew. I would suggest making a video game of us all. With a bad guy… which would be your typical non-paying flake of a student.
MemberFebruary 2, 2016 at 9:41 am
I’m a little slow joining the forum party! But I’ve been working with MGR since July last year. I’m based in South Wales working as a guitar teacher.
It’s great to see a platform where we can interact. I’m also an RGT registered guitar tutor, RGT offer a great interaction based platform in the way of various conferences (For a nice fee of course!), so having somewhere to come and share stories and tips with other teachers is fantastic! I look forward to getting to know you all more 🙂
MemberFebruary 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm
Matthew – this is excellent. really easy to use and going to be so helpful.
I’m Jonny, singing teacher in Manchester where business is booming. Look forward to sharing ideas and thoughts on here.
I’m a little late but better late than never and I need to get my points up! (want a badge!)
MemberFebruary 8, 2016 at 10:28 am
I’m also a little late to the party. I’m Jake, the guitar teacher in Bath.
Look forward to working with some of you on the MGR Christmas album 🙂
MemberFebruary 8, 2016 at 10:32 am
I’m Sarah the Bath vocal coach 🙂
Can someone tell me what the Lesson Resources is? I have clicked on the link and there is just one post there at the moment?
OrganizerFebruary 8, 2016 at 11:04 am
@Sarah, thanks for the question 🙂 the “Lesson Resources” part of the website was inspired by other websites that create shared community resources. Essentially it is a place where teachers can create lesson resources, write articles in a collaborative way (enabling other teachers to comment and review the content included) or simply add lesson notes that they wished to access themselves. I wasn’t sure it would be something of interest or not – would love some honest opinions on whether having a place to upload / engage about resources would be a welcome addition to the website or just a dead space that only 1 or 2 will use. Thoughts? 🙂
MemberFebruary 9, 2016 at 1:10 am
This is looking great! I am Gael,guitar teacher in London. 🙂
MemberFebruary 16, 2016 at 11:54 am
Hello fellow shamans of music teaching, I’m one of the late arrivals! Lewis Leeming, teaching guitar in York.
What a fantastic endeavour!
MemberApril 15, 2016 at 9:24 am
I’m James, the piano teacher in Sheffield. I hope everyone is good today and that your week’s lessons are progressing nicely 🙂
Looking forward to getting involved in the forum and also getting to know some of you
MemberJune 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm
Apologies for not introducing myself earlier. My name is Alan and I am a guitar teacher based in Sunderland.
OrganizerSeptember 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Hello and welcome to the mgrmusic.com Community. My name’s Matthew and it is fantastic to have join this group of teachers who are located right across the UK, as well as beyond. Teachers who are able to tutor a huge array of different music instruments, to students of all ages and abilities.
It is a group that I would love you to be able to share ideas of best practice, so for example what to do about lesson cancellations and other challenges that all music teachers ultimately face, as well as maybe resources, articles and videos that other music teachers might find interesting.
Feel free to comment below to introduce yourself to the group, perhaps where you come from and the instruments that you teach. Ultimately, get involved with the community – reach out to fellow music teachers to let them know the problems that maybe you face within your music tuition business and offer support and advice to other music teachers who perhaps ask those questions.
If you are interested in contacting me directly with any problems or anything that you want to raise within the group, feel free just to message the group directly ([email protected]).
Ultimately, I really hope you enjoy this community and get to know other music teachers in what can be quiet an isolated profession – in the sense that may of us teach privately at home and obviously engage heavily with our students, but find it quite hard to reach out to other music teachers both within our city and beyond. I think there is real value in being able to connect – often other teachers have the same challenges that we face, so being able to gain that peer support I think has huge value for one another.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to chatting with you more on the platform!
MemberFebruary 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Hello, My name is Josh Doughty and I am a kora teacher based in Bristol.
OrganizerMarch 1, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Welcome Josh 🙂 I was listening to some videos of Kora music on YouTube as I have to admit I didn’t know what it was! It is amazing, very peaceful and graceful – do you find other players you can join together to play with like I saw in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cLAwAOi-hA)?
MemberApril 6, 2020 at 12:09 pm
Hello, my name is Martina and I am based in Aberdeen. I am looking to start teaching piano!
MemberApril 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Hi! I’m Eli, I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I teach guitar and bass.
MemberApril 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm
I’m Sarah and I’m based in Liverpool. Hoping to teach Saxophone, Piano and Singing primarily!
MemberMay 5, 2020 at 6:28 pm
I’m Ed a Liverpool based drum teacher. This place looks cool, lots of good info!
MemberJuly 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Hello everyone, very excited to be joining this community! A very big thank you to Matthew for setting this all up. I’m a harpist based in Croydon and very much looking forward to catching up with everything on here!
MemberJuly 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm
I’m Emma and I’m a woodwind teacher from Essex. Nice to meet you all!
MemberJuly 27, 2020 at 11:05 am
Hey everyone! Super excited to join you all on here – what an amazing idea Matthew 🙂
I’m a guitar/bass tutor from Reading and loving it!
MemberAugust 18, 2020 at 10:28 am
I am Neil and a brass and woodwind teacher in Swansea 🙂
Nice to meet you all.
MemberAugust 24, 2020 at 10:09 am
Hi everyone! I too am excited to be here! My name is Vanessa and I am violin teacher based in Wigston, Leicester. I am looking forward to reading your posts, contributing to the forum and connecting with you all. ☺
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