If you are a music teacher or parent of a music student, you'll relate to the problems in this video. Click the video and meet Kelli.
Musicians and creatives are generally not interested in becoming an expert in paperwork or administration, and nor should they... we believe teachers should play to their strengths and teach great music. SAMii takes care of business while you focus on the important stuff, teaching.
My name is Pete Barter. I have been actively teaching music, specifically drums, for over 20 years, and have been developing systems my whole teaching life. I have a passion for technology that can assist me with keeping track of everything that I do, outside of actually teaching.
A music educator that gives one on one or group lessons can have, an usually does have, a list of administration tasks that if not kept up to date can cause headaches for everyone involved: the students, the parents and of course ourselves, the educator.
Over the past few years SAMii has undergone many variations and evolutions to get to where it is now. We are proud to introduce you to this exceptionally streamlined, future focused, and contemporary platform.
SAMii works for you, 24/7 365 days a year. SAMii takes care of the behind the scenes work while you do what you do best. Teach. Its just like having a PA, without the overheads.
Please understand SAMii is not just another platform, with a few fixes, for a few problems. SAMii's design and algorithms are coded in a way that instinctively knows what your schedule is, what your goals are, and what your financial requirements are.
I've seen many many platforms launched into the market that solve problems but many times cause problems in another area. For example, why would you have a scheduling platform that does not automate messages to those that are scheduled? Why would you have a platform that invoices your students or clients yet does link to any account keeping software? And most importantly, Why you have an online directory that doesn't represent your best features as a music educator?
Sounds crazy doesn't it, but they are the ones currently on the market.
(SAMii has a unique feature that makes searching for a teacher and enrolling for lessons seamless)
I've used many variations of scheduling, invoicing and communications platforms and none of them solved all the problems I was facing as a music educator.
This frustration drove me to solve this problem myself.
I welcome you to be part of the revolution that music educators are asking for, and yes they are asking. I have personally held many focus groups that expose all the weaknesses that current platforms have and I have a deep understanding of what music educators want to see in a support system.
We are raising funds through this Kickstarter campaign to speed up our desire to deliver a high quality product to the market. Although V1 of SAMii is already proving to become best of breed, through V2 which includes native iOS and Android apps, you will experience something unique and truly beautiful.
We know how many people are passionate about music education and we want to reward you for being part of this revolution. If you believe that the future of music is reliant on great quality music education, then you will love the way SAMii makes this happen. We believe in quality music and quality education, and we know that music teachers have a huge role to play in the development of our society.
Building systems that allow great teaching to happen is our passion. Please helps us to help create the future of music and education. We know that the future of SAMii includes native apps for the ever evolving smart phone market, including tablets and iWatch, and in the not too distant future AR and VR functionality (yes we are thinking that far ahead) AR -Augmented Reality and VR - Virtual Reality will be exceptional educational tools if deployed correctly. These features are only an action plan away.
Our immediate plan is to roll out the many features that would work best on iOS and android native apps and continue to develop SAMii to meet the fast changing marketplace.
We look forward to working with you in the future but for now, let's focus on the present so we can evolve from the past.
Find out more at www.samii.com.au
Below are some extraordinary leaders in music education sharing their thoughts on SAMii:
Mark Schulman, drummer for Pink:
Dom Famularo, global drumming ambassador:
See the Full Dom Interview here
David Hart, founder G4 Guitar Schools:
Christian Broome, founder ARMI:
Mauricio Hosi, founder of Hosi Music:
Carly McDonald - Founder of Creative.Piano.Professional
SAMii helps students find their ideal teacher, and takes care of all the admin so the teacher can focus on teaching music.
Risks and challenges
Many people have a passion for something, but some never get to live their true passion. I'm one of the lucky ones. I get to live my life with passion and purpose through teaching others the beautiful world of music.
However, this hasn't always been easy. After realizing my business is being held back with crappy paperwork and administration tasks, and that I just want to teach. I know that in order teach I need to schedule and take payments and give receipts and communicate in bulk AND treat every student as an individual.
I got extremely ANNOYED with the lack of good scheduling software, and before you say, but have you tried........ Yep. Tried them all, and even the most elaborate ones had more downsides than ups.
The biggest risk to this project is not, getting it to market, its not the competition, and its certainly not the passion. The biggest risk is not getting the funding to get it to market quick enough. Technology changes so quickly and we are already updating some of the features that we designed.
PROJECT TIME LINE
March 2015 - Focus groups to determine necessary requirements for what we proposed to build.
July 2015 - Pitched the concept to a group of potential partners and investors.
Aug 2015 - Created the SAMii Advisory board (refer to the Team outline on our website to see the brains behind SAMii).
Sep - Feb - Created plans and dreamed big.
March 2016 - Received some seed funding.
April 2016 - Created scope and strategy.
May 2016 - Sign on software developer. (Ganemo - see ganemogroup.com)
Aug 2016 - Wireframes design begins.
Nov 2016 - 1st live sample of web design.
Jan - May 2017 - Design Screens, and see my baby come to life.
Feb 2018 - Market launch of SAMii V1.
I speak to thousands of music educators every single year about their music teaching business and they all want fully automate and systemise processes but they can't find the time or they simply don’t know where to start.
We are ready to deliver SAMii to the wonderful educators of the world.
We need your help to create a suite of extra exceptional features available to you, Educator, Student and Parent via the iOS and ANDROID.
We welcome your support and want you to know that by supporting this project you not only support the delivery of a revolutionary music education shift, you are supporting the future of great music education for the future of mankind.
Yes, a bold statement but true!
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