Good Morning all. Some women knit, others bake, I code.
Our music library has over 1,100 paper charts, the estimated replacement value of our library is around 80k. That amount is including the library we inherited from the old high school, which has many pieces that are out of print and not replaceable.
Over the last several years I put them in a database and in 2013 made it available on line so conductors can search our library from anywhere with internet access. Making it much easier to utilize the music we own.
Now I’m adding features to the on line program I’m making that you can use. As you look around remember, I did all the programing and am learning as I go. Not everything on my planning list is done yet, and if you find an error it’s OK to tell me..
When Jennifer is planning what music to put in our folders we now have a virtual folder with information for the musicians and the librarian. What does this mean to you? Now there is an on line place to see what we are rehearsing and listen to samples that Jennifer has chosen for you. Here is the Virtual Folder match to the one we are rehearsing now Spring Concert (Spring 2015). You do not need to log in, and you can look at it on all your devices. (Android, iPhone, iPad, etc) But if you log in you get more!
If this interest you and you would like to read more, I blogged about it here… http://inscoreorder.com/2015/02/04/release-2-0-is-here/
Library Home Page
This is the starting base for using the library, it has a link to the Virtual Folder we are rehearsing from and if you log in it has a list of YOUR favorites. You can get to the home page any time by going to our website JHCBand.org and click the Music Library menu item in the upper blue section. Here is a link to it Click to view Home Page. I added that page to the home screen of my iPad and iPhone so I can access it from anywhere.
This is the fun part, but you have to log in to use it. You can now search our library and add a piece to your favorites and even make a note. You can choose to show it to the conductors or keep it private. People with conductor privileges have a list on their library Home Page of all the pieces that members “Favorited” with their notes. Now when a conductor is planning a concert he or she can look at a musician favorites list for ideas. I built in the do not show conductor so a musician can favorite a piece and make some notes on it. SO if I’m rehearsing a piccolo part on Longford Legend I can favorite it, say do not show conductor, make a note “Holy Moly! This picc part is hard! I’ll make Holly play it”. Then when we switch folders I can remove that favorite and the note from my list.
(NOTE: Show Conductor also shows the librarian and website admins)
All active members have a user name and password set up. If you do not know it click the “Lost your password?” link, enter your email address (the one your received this email on) do the simple math (Math keeps spammers away) and click Get New Password. If you still have probs send me an email.
You do not need to use any of the tools, they are there to help me track music and help the conductor plan concerts. BUT I hope you do use them, and feedback welcome.
I need to run, have a GREAT day!