Note: As you can tell, this week I’ve been playing catch-up with a few apps I’ve been wanting to share! Hope you don’t mind all of the reviews/giveaways this week. :)
Bobclass ($19.99) — iPad only.
I’m so excited to share my review of this studio management app with you today! Let me begin by sharing Bobclass’ description:
“Bobclass is an all-in-one productivity app for instructors, tutors, trainers, coaches and other independent professionals. It offers appointment scheduling, client tracking, progress monitoring and payment tracking from your iPad so you can get rid of separate agendas, clipboards and spreadsheets. With a fast & friendly user interface and a fully functional offline database you can do your client administration in the gym, class room, studio or park.”
I think Bobclass it is an outstanding studio management option for independent music teachers. Here’s how it works:
First, visit the settings to set-up your basic information for you and your teaching.
Then, start entering your students’ information. The contact information will automatically sync with your Google Contacts or you iPad’s Address Book, which is so convenient when you need to email or call a student.
Next, schedule some sessions with your students. You can use the “repeated events” feature to set-up ongoing weekly lessons.
Soon, your schedule will look something like this. Please note: The calendar does NOT currently sync with iOS’s native iCal. If you wish to continue using iCal for your personal schedule while also using Bobclass for your teaching schedule, you can work around this issue setting specific start and end work hours for each day in your personal calendar, and then consulting Bobclass for the specific scheduling within those work hours.
When you teach each lesson, you can enter “progress notes” or assignments within the app. Each note even allows you to add photos or video! At the end of the lesson, you can email the notes to the student — with the photos and videos attached!
You’ll notice that there is always a “Payments” tab that allows you to keep a record each time you receive a payment from a student.
Each day, you can see an overview of your daily schedule.
I hope you can tell from the screenshots how impressive the graphics are, and how intuitive the navigation feels. The more time I spent with the app, the more impressed I became. The developers have thought of everything, it seems, and they are very committed to future updates and new features.
Bobclass is a great studio management option for independent music teachers — especially for traveling piano teachers who might not have access to the internet on-the-go. Although the app is not [currently] designed to help with bookkeeping (other than having an at-a-glance record of payments received from each student), Bobclass does a great job managing the rest of the many aspects of studio management!
Bobclass has kindly offered a promo code for GIVEAWAY! For a chance to win a free download of Bobclass, please leave a comment on this blog post stating your favorite feature that Bobclass offers. The winner will be randomly chosen and emailed the code on Friday, December 26, 2014.