B&B Music Lessons goes mobile with their teacher and client portals

Employing over 50 music teachers, B & B Music world is Washington DC's largest provider of at home music lessons. Their entire company, from invoicing to payroll, runs on a custom FileMaker databse built by Inner File Software.

The FileMaker web portal we built was already a wonderful example of our work intergrating FileMaker with the web, and allowed teachers and clients to interact with the B&B administrative database through a web browser. Teachers could look at their schedule, mark lessons as completed or cancelled, and view view their paystubs. Clients could look at their invoice history, student evaluations, and upcoming lessons.

The system served B & B well for many years, with the reliability that a well-built FileMaker database can offer, but then mobile became the primary way people interact with the web.

We tore down their web portal and rebuilt it with a mobile-first approach. We used the Twitter Bootstrap framework and some custom variations on the included components to fit with the B&B brand. Because they can use their cell phones now, teachers started submitting their lessons just after teaching them, which makes for less mistakes and headaches later. Just as importantly: the teachers and clients love the new site and positive e-mails poured in during the first few days after launch.