Help:Structure

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A well-defined hierarchical structure is used throughout MusicProf. This structure is both very easy to create, and also very powerful once created. The setup for each object (composer, score, school, course, lesson) is extremely quick, whereby unknown details can be added later on by anyone. The major sections are outlined below, followed by how everything can be easily linked together. Enjoy.

Repertoire Section

  • Composer

    - A composer is typically the author of a score. A composer (eg Beethoven) will write many scores. It is necessary to define a composer before defining the underlying scores. But don't worry, as defining a composer could be as simple as entering their name.
    • Score

      - A score is usually an individual composition, written by a composer. Eg Six Variations in G Major. First a composer is defined, then the score is defined under the appropriate composer. There aren't many score details to worry about, and those that are unknown can be left blank.
      • Article

        - An article can be composed by you, providing a critique or interesting opinion about a score. Many articles, both long and short, can be written for each score.
        • Comment

          - A comment is a short (similar to a tweet) response by others about an article. Many comments can be given by anyone.


Material Section

  • School

    - A school is what you're probably thinking it is. It could be a recognised conservatory, or represent a neighbourhood piano teacher. The purpose of a school is to group all courses underneath it, which will then show up in a concise listing.
    • Course

      - A course is either a group class instruction, or an individual instruction. For example, if Billy were to take private lessons, the course could be called Billy.
      • Lesson

        - A lesson contains the set of notes taken, typically weekly. Either the students or teacher can enter/edit the notes.
        • Comment

          - A comment is a short (similar to a tweet) response by others about the lesson notes. Many comments can be given by anyone.


User Section

  • Denizen

    A denizen is a registered user of MusicProf. It is free and easy to register, but you must register before adding any material. Benefits of becoming a denizen include:
    • Defaults - Makes it really easy for you to see your lesson notes. You can still see everything else, but you can zero-in on what matters to you most extremely quickly.
    • Lessons - Makes it possible for you to enter your lessons.
    • Free Advertising - If you are a music teacher, you can freely create a profile and position yourself on a map for prospective students to find you.
    • Opinions - We all have them, now you can share your opinions to the world.
  • Instructors

    An Instructor is a Denizen that has indicated they teach. This is set on the Denizens page. Instructors then:
    • Appear in the Instructors listing, and on the map. Automatic, free and easy advertising. Nice.
    • Can indicate whether they teach children or adults, or both.


Linking It All Together

  • When entering lesson notes, individual scores can be referenced using a template. The {{Title}} template is easy to use, with instructions shown on the editing page. Why use the linking Title template?
    • Within the lesson notes, the score title and composer are automatically retrieved and nicely formatted.
    • Within the lesson notes, the score title is a clickable link, taking the reader directly to the score. The score's sheet music, articles and other information is then easily accessed.
    • Where the lessons are listed underneath the course, the referenced scores are also shown. This makes it easy to search amongst past lessons for particular scores.
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