25 September 2013

Live Teacher is here!

Would your service benefit from real time communication with teachers? Use Live Teacher from as little as £4 per month.

Teachers can have their own, specifically designed account as an ad-on to the core Ensemble system, which will allow them to gain access to information and facilities relevant to them. These include:

* View Schedules and Timetable for all activities involving the teacher

* Record delivery and non-delivery of lessons

* View lesson registers

It provides remote access facilities for your Teachers via a secure and managed connection using both web pages and smart devices such as IPads and Android tablets.

To find out more please email sales@paritor.co.uk or call one of the team on 01395 445092


24 September 2013

Paritor to present at The Music Show this November

We are delighted to be presenting at this year’s The Music Show. Our session will be entitled ‘Getting Engaged in Music Education’.

This workshop will discuss the use of educational networking and what this means for partners, music services, music teachers, head teachers, parents and most importantly pupils. We will also explore methods for engaging hard to reach groups in music education including looked after children, disabled children and minority groups.

We look forward to seeing you there and don’t forget to visit us in the exhibition hall!

16 September 2013

Paritor to host workshop at The Music Show 2013

Paritor will be hosting a workshop at the brand new music exhibition and education conference dedicated to music making in Manchester this November.

The workshop will be entitled “Getting Engaged in Music Education” and will aim to inspire leaders in music education, presenting them with new, innovative tools.

The Music Show will take place at Manchester Central on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2013 and will promote the benefits of music and showcase the latest products and services to musicians, educators and industry professionals.

The two-day exhibition is open to anyone who has a passion for making music from aspiring bands, musicians and industry professionals to teachers, students and their families.

To find out more please visit: http://music-show.co.uk/cms/ or www.paritorensemble.com

Music Education Council's new mission statement

Paritor is proud to be a member of the Music Education Council. Following the first Executive Committee meeting of the new business year the Chair and Committee have developed a refreshed mission statement for the Music Education Council which aims to articulate the organisation's USP. So here it is ….

What is MEC?

The Music Education Council (MEC) acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

As the umbrella body for organisations connected with music education in the United Kingdom and the UK’s representative body for ISME and other international organisations, MEC is uniquely placed to represent the music education sector. MEC’s strength is its capacity to unite all those who wish to make a difference to the lives of children and adults through the power of music.

What does MEC do?

A survey of MEC members (2013) showed that MEC performs an important service by being a balanced point of reference and secure source of information for what is going on in the wider music sector beyond the particular interests of the individual member organisations.

  • provides a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information
  • arranges events to discuss important aspects of music education
  • promotes research in music education, and its impact on policy and practice
  • attends and contributes to major UK forums, conferences and committees
  • contributes to public debate and responds to current issues on music education
  • advocates on behalf of music education and training
  • represents the views of its membership to all relevant government and statutory bodies
  • works collaboratively with other national and international organisations to further the cause of music education
  • represents UK music education at international events

How does MEC do that?

In carrying out the above activities MEC operates in three ways:

·         Proactive: raising issues of relevance to music education.
·         Reactive: responding in support of music education to policies and practices that impact on music education.

But, above all, MEC is

 ·         Representative: articulating the range of views within the sector.

Through facilitating discussion and debate MEC enables the sector to be better informed about the views different parts of the sector hold, including understanding why those differences exist.  MEC helps to find common ground where possible and, following consultation with its members, the MEC executive determines how best to move forward where there is disagreement.

MEC 2013 to 2016 will be addressing:
  • The school music curriculum
  • Funding for music education in and out of school 2015 to 2016
  • Funding and policy development for music education 2015 to 2020 and beyond

3 September 2013

Managing courses, trips and events #Ensemble365iscoming

Managing courses, trips and events can be a very complicated process. Using Ensemble you can organise events lasting from a short period of time to several weeks straight from the software where all of your information is already held.

  • Associate an event with a school or a centre, define when the event takes place, which teachers are involved, event costings and the pupils taking part.
  • Manage transportation used to get pupils to and from an event. Ideal for organising anything from summer schools to trips abroad.

Ensemble 365 is coming!


Managing your pupil information #Ensemble365iscoming

Pupils are core to your business, you need to know who they are, what they are doing, how they are progressing and the exams they have taken or are about to take. In fact you need the full picture and with Ensemble that is exactly what you get.

  • Keep all aspects of your pupil records on one database. Include basic information such as contact details, medical and dietary requirements together with other important information. All of this information will be backed up by Ensemble.

  • Record a full history of all pupil tuition including the activity, the dates, their attendance and the progress made.

  • Add pupils to waiting lists if there is no space for a new pupil in a particular activity and then analyse lists for your current tuition requirement.

  • Add pupils as members of groups e.g. orchestras.

  • Define your own assessment levels and assign these to pupil lesson records. Then analyse specific factors associated with pupil progression such as lesson tutor or wider activity involvement.

  • Record which pupils are entered into exams and update these records with the results.
Ensemble 365 is coming

Managing Groups #Ensemble365iscoming

In addition to managing the tuition you provide, Ensemble will also keep track of all your groups, such as bands and dance troupes.

  • Define the activities the groups undertake, the teachers involved, the time spent and other details.
  • Maintain a list of current and past members for each group.
  • Use this information to easily produce member lists or send out communications using the correspondence facility.
Ensemble 365 is coming

Managing your timetables #Ensemble365iscoming

Timetables define all the tuition provided, linking teachers with venues such as schools and centres. They show dates and times when lessons take place, groups rehearse and perform, and when courses are run. They also define the pattern of tuition, frequency and duration. From this information the system produces diary entries showing what tuition is taking place each day, where and with whom.

Ensemble 365 is coming!

2 September 2013

Live School #Ensemble365iscoming

With Ensemble 365 Schools will be able to:

• View timesheets listing teacher hours
• View all pupils enrolled in activities
• Track pupil progression
• Pay for tuition

Ensemble 365 is coming!

Managing Schools and Centres #Ensemble365iscoming

Hold detailed records on all your schools and centres including various contact information which is backed up online with Ensemble.

• Easily send emails or write to various contacts and record details of this correspondence.

• View and maintain all activities that take place from school/centre records or from the associated teacher records.

• Create a diary for each school which can be easily viewed and amended.

• Enter and change detailed information about each activity in the same way as you would from the teacher’s record. Details of the participating pupils can also be included, encompassing information on who is paying for the tuition and the rate that they should be charged.

Ensemble 365 is coming!

Hints and Help: Entering a Hire Batch

We have made a new update to Ensemble which will easily allow you to produce a batch of hires to a school. This will help save considerable time since you won’t have to enter each hire agreement individually. Simply select the instruments in the instrument group that will be hired to the school. In this blog post, we will introduce this feature and walk through an example.

There is a new button called Enter School Hire Batch and this can be accessed by:

Console Ribbon Menu > Instruments > Enter School Hire Batch

Clicking on this button will produce the window below


Here we are hiring our selection to “A School”

Currently inside the RED BOX we have selected the Allocate tab to define our allocation criteria. We have chosen “Clarinet” as our Instrument Group and 29/08/2013 as the Hire Date. Furthermore we have a Charge called “Hire” which is used when instruments are lent out. If we didn’t charge and hired for free, then this dropdown menu will be greyed out.

The GREEN BOX now displays the available instruments that our school can hire. Since we chose “Clarinet” as our Instrument Group, it will list Clarinets. To select the instruments agreed to hire simply click the specific tickbox on the row of the required instrument. Alternatively, clicking the tickbox next to “Hire” at the top will select all the instruments.

We’re nearly finished.

Now we will choose a return date. Click Return next to the Allocate tab. The window will now change to the one below:

Inside the RED BOX we can see that 31/10/2013 has been selected as the “Return Date”.

Above is a table for completed returns. As you can see this is empty indicating that this is the first batch hire to be done.