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Madison Music Foundry's Student Jam - Song Nominations

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Fitzsimmons, Ken | Student Jam

The Student Jam at the High Noon Saloon

Hello MMF Students,

 It's time to start planning the next Student Jam.  As we embark on a new decade we thought it would be fun to celebrate the music of the past decade.  It was a wild ten years of music from new artists and old pros alike, and we want you to jam it out with us!

We are once again turning to our students and instructors to pick the songs, so we’re asking for you to nominate and vote on your favorite music from the last 10 years.   If you need a kickstart for ideas, here's a link to Rolling Stone magazine's '100 Best Songs of the 2010's.'


OK, let's get this decade celebration underway - FOLLOW THIS LINK TO NOMINATE! 

Now-February 2: Nominate songs
February 3-12: Vote on nominations
February 17: Final song list announced
April 26: Student Showcase at the High Noon Saloon

Updating Availability

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Fitzsimmons, Ken | How to

Please be sure to make sure your availability is up to date in My Music Staff. You can do that by going to: 

  • Settings (gear icon on the upper right)/My Preferences/Availability
  • Edit availability as needed

Thanks!

Make-Up Lesson Overview

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Fitzsimmons, Ken | How to

I thought it might be a good idea to send you a brief reminder about how make-up lessons work. I know you get it in general, but sometimes situations come up that don't feel like they fit the instructions. So here are some higher level concepts to apply that will hopefully be helpful.

  • You have a set schedule that does not change
    • Your regular recurring lesson times should always appear on your calendar at the normal time whether the student attends or not.
    • Do not move or delete a recurring lesson.*
    • Question to ask yourself: Is this lesson deviating from the student's normal lesson time? If yes, then it's a make-up.
    • Every lesson you teach should be on your calendar.
  • The order of steps matters: Make-ups always start with an absence**
    • The first step for a make-up is to mark attendance on the missed lesson "Absent, Give Make-Up Credit ($)" or "Teacher Absent, Give Make-Up Credit ($)"
    • Then schedule the make-up and check the box for "Make-Up Credit Required."
    • Do these two steps in order whether the make-up occurs after or before the missed lesson.

*Unless they are ending lessons or permanently changing their regular time.
**If you give advance make-ups (also called preemptive make-ups), please see the reference guide for how to schedule those.