Set up restricted Student Browsing

Posted by on July 1, 2015 with 0 Comments

Do you have dedicated computers for your music students?

Would you like to restrict your student’s browsing to only MusicLearningCommunity and other music-related websites?

You are in luck!  My Hunter Paolini has created a wonderful extension for Firefox that will enable you to have complete control over what your students can do on the internet while in your music studio.

Open your Firefox Browser Go to this website and Download the FireFox extension called: ProCon Latte Content Filter by Hunter Paolini

With this extension, you will be able to block web pages containing pornography or any other type of material based on keyword lists.

This extension also enables you to restrict your student’s browsing to only operate websites you have whitelisted.

After you have installed the extension, click on the “Add-ons” button under the settings menu of your Firefox Browser.

Find your Procon Latte Content Filter. Click “Options.” This will open the Procon Latte Content Filter Preferences Window

Click on “Whitelist” in the Procon Latte Content Filter Preferences Window and Type in:


Next, click on Blacklist. Then click on the Advanced tab. Check the checkbox: “Limit Internet Access to the whitelist of approved sites.” Also, check the checkbox: “Show custom warning message” Type any custom message you wish.

Example: “This computer is reserved ONLY for”Click on the General Tab. Click on the button called “Set Password” on the top right.


Enter any password of your choice. This password will be used to protect the addon from being disabled by your students.


Press OK, and you are done! Now, students who are using the Firefox browser may only use MusicLearningCommuntity and any other websites you specify in your whitelist. And, your students will not be able to visit any other websites unless they have your password.

MIDI for Mac technical notes

Posted by on July 25, 2014 with 0 Comments

Among the many unique features of are the 35 games that utilize a MIDI keyboard. We have a specialized piece of Java code that enables our MIDI capability. Near the beginning of this year Oracle, without prior notice, released a required update to Java. This update requires the addition of a signed security certificate, and blocked our application until we fulfilled Java’s new standards. Our previous newsletter announced that the MIDI games are working again. But….


The current Java version requires special settings in order for MIDI games to work with a Mac computer.  We recommend using the Safari and Firefox browsers on the Mac, as they are fully supported by Java. Please note that Google Chrome on the Mac is not compatible with the latest Java, and will not run MIDI games.

Here is what you need to do to set up Safari and Firefox:

Java Update. First you need to make sure that your computer has Java installed and it is up to date.

1. On your computer open Safari or Firefox and go to

2. On the Java home page you will find a question you can select: “Do I have Java?”

3. When you select that question, you will be presented with a utility that will “Verify Java Version” on your computer.  Run this.

4. You should get a message that indicates  you have Java and all is well or you do not have the latest version and need to update.  Simply follow the directions from Java.

Configure Browser.  You need to configure Safari or Firefox to run the MIDI games Java scriptlet from

1. Attach the MIDI keyboard to the computer (USB port)

2. Open the browser

3. Go to the Home page

4. Select “Preferences” (under the Safari or Firefox menu)

5. Select the “Security” tab

For Safari:

a.  Select “Manage Website Settings”

b.  Select “Java” from the left column

[Note that will show up in the right window with a drop down box.  If it does not appear you will have to configure Java first–see below–then repeat steps 4-5 above]

c.  In the drop down box select the option “Run in Unsafe Mode”

[At this point your MIDI device should be recognized]

d.  Select “Done”  [You may get a warning message.  If so, select “Trust”].  We can assure you that our site is not a risk.

e.  Close the Preferences panel.

For Firefox:

a.  Select “Exceptions”

b.  Type “” in the box

c.  Select “Allow”

d.  Close Preferences panels.

Java Configuration.  If you need to configure Java:

1.  Select System Preferences (under the Apple symbol)

2.  Select the Java application (probably in bottom row)

3.  Select “Security”

4.  Select “Edit Site List” (in lower right)

5.  Select “Add” button

6.  Type in the box provided

7.  Select “OK” button (on edit list pane)

8.  Select “OK” button (on control panel pane)

[Note that you may get a security message advising that HTTP locations are a security risk.  Click “Continue”.  Our site is not a risk.]

9.  Close the Java panel.

Now you can login to and select a MIDI game to play.  (With Firefox, you may see a line at the top of your window that questions whether to allow a Java plug-in.  On the right side select “Allow”).

When you first attempt to play a MIDI game, a permissions box will appear on screen which asks the user to accept the Java code. Once the check box has been checked, the permissions box will disappear and the MIDI games will then operate.
If the MIDI does not work you may need to re-start your computer and plug the keyboard in before you open a browser.  You may need to update your browser.  You may need to repeat some of the steps.
Please let us know if you encounter any issues with running MIDI games. Make sure you have the latest Java update to your computer.

Remember that MIDI does not run on mobile devices, since Java will not run on them. We are exploring ways to get around this issue in the future.

We wish you a very happy summer!

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Giving Music Lessons: All You Need To Know

Posted by on January 16, 2014 with 0 Comments

Giving Music Lessons: All You Need To Know

~By Joel

For those of us that are passionate about creating music, providing musical lessons to beginners seems like an ideal way to make some money. After all, you can make your own schedule, have full control over your workload and share your interest with others. However, your enthusiasm alone is not enough to make you a genuinely good teacher. Here are some things to think about to make your lessons as profitable as possible, for yourself and your students. Continue Reading «Giving Music Lessons: All You…»

Basics of the Flute

Posted by on December 30, 2013 with 0 Comments

Basics of the Flute

Everyone has their own way to let off steam or they have some sort of mantra to do it. What I do to distress is listen to calm and relaxing flute music. The relaxing flute music makes me forget all my worries and helps me unwind. People who don’t know what a flute is, flute is a woodwind instrument. It is high pitched and made of metal. Flute is a reed less instrument or an aero phone. Continue Reading «Basics of the Flute»

5 Best Colleges and Universities for Music Enthusiasts

Posted by on December 30, 2013 with 0 Comments

5 Best Colleges and Universities for Music Enthusiasts

Stephanie Mills? Miley Davis? How about Barry Manilow? These people who have become household names, coincidentally, all pursued music degree in considered to be one of the most famous music schools in the world as ranked by US News and World Report’s 2010 Rankings, The Juilliard School of Music.
Students who wish to pursue a music career are advised to attend top music schools as doing so can give them a leg up after graduation. With a number of hopefuls wanting to be given a break in the industry, involvement to one of the prestigious schools below may make things easier. Continue Reading «5 Best Colleges and Universities…»
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Too Young for Music?

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Too Young for Music? How Young Is Too Young For Kids To Pick Up Musical Instruments?

 From celebrated classical music to rock n’ roll, kids are picking up music faster than ever, and as a parent you may be wondering how early you can get your child interested in learning a musical instrument. While many factors vary from child to child, if your child has the attention span to follow a lesson, there’s no reason not to start him or her down the musical path as early as possible.


Even before your child is able to hold an instrument, you can get him or her excited about it by exposing your child to music early. Singing and playing music yourself, or playing music through a stereo, will get them interested and help their later lessons feel natural.

Toy instruments will get them started, too, and you may find that percussion instruments such as small drums or a toy xylophone will allow your child to experiment before he or she can even pick up a violin or guitar.

For more ideas on how and where to add music to your child’s life, check out local venues for live concerts, or try showing them how bands work with resource sites like SonicBids.


Even the most rudimentary of musicians can learn more quickly and with better engagement in a group. If your child is looking for other children to interact with who share a common interest, small clubs or the musical programs at his or her school can be a great way to keep your child motivated and excited about music.

A good teacher will also be able to find what motivates your child to practice, and the best music teachers connect with their students on a friendly level rather than intimidating. Look for a teacher with a strong rapport with your child, and your child will be getting excited for basic lessons, too.


Playing a musical instrument is complicated, but fun, and with a good attention span, a child can stay focused on a lesson long enough to begin learning the basics. Most professionals recommend seven years old as a good age to get started, but you could easily begin showing your child the basics around four or five, if you can hold his or her focus.

Simple, focused lessons and plenty of excitement generated by mom and dad will help your child get into music early, and continue enjoying it for a lifetime!

This article was written by Kandace Heller


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Terry Treble’s New Look

Posted by on June 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Terry Treble’s New Look

Since 2005, Terry Treble has been a familiar face to us all as a member of the MusicLearningCommunity family. Now, Terry Treble is orchestrating the movement of music education into the future.

Old Terry Treble 

Old Terry Treble

As our fearless leader, Terry Treble is personally overseeing the renovation of our e-learning system. Terry couldn’t be more excited for these amazing new developments and the insight he is gaining as a result! Opening up to the world’s vast store of musical knowledge, Terry has learned a great deal about the nature of music. As can be found in Terry Treble and H Note Write Music ©, Terry personally invented the method of capturing music on paper.  Continue Reading «Terry Treble’s New Look»

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Terry Treble Books

Posted by on June 12, 2013 with 2 Comments

Terry Treble Books are Here!


Terry TrebleMany are not aware of the importance of Terry Treble in music history.  So we are writing a few books to tell of Terry Treble’s contributions to music.  The first book is initially titled Terry Treble and H Note Make Music.  This book recounts the first efforts to write music—the creation of the staff and notes—and why there is no H note in modern music (the BACH motif).  Continue Reading «Terry Treble Books»

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You are Never Too Old to Learn Music!

Posted by on May 29, 2013 with 1 Comments

You are Never Too Old to Learn Music!

You are Never Too Old to Learn MusicI am a 68 year old woman learning to play the piano. I took music lessons as a child and learned the musical alphabet. Now, 50 years later, I sat down at the piano and decided that I want to play this instrument. I found the Alfred’s basic Adult Piano Course and started learning on my own. Then I found WOW. I was amazed that this comprehensive online learning program was available whenever I need it. This interactive program is chock full of hearing, seeing and doing interactive experiences that I find fun and exciting. Continue Reading «You are Never Too Old…»

4 Other Subjects Which Can Use Music In Class

Posted by on May 28, 2013 with 0 Comments

 4 Other Subjects Which Can Use Music In Class  

By Matthew Pink

Music in music class is a given. But how can music be used creatively in other subjects in order to both enrich the subject in question and give a different perspective to music learning?

There is no point telling a music teacher of the benefits of educating students through music’s rich power. They are fully aware of, and totally on board with the capacity of music to pique interest, to inspire, to perplex and to energise learners.

Music in ClassIn order to make their class time more stimulating, music teachers can make use of the full spectrum of musical assets including recorded materials, sheet music, instruments, videos, and now the a wonderful smorgasbord of digitally interactive materials.

However, the potential of music to enable learning should not be confined only to pure-play music classes. Continue Reading «4 Other Subjects Which Can…»