Important Messages from the Webmaster

October 2017
  1. Major database cleanup
    At the end of October 2017, the teachers, the students, and the login (security) databases were extensively, painstakingly culled of excess records. The cleanup involved:
This work was made necessary primarily because some teachers do not take the time to maintain their student lists, nor follow correct procedures in the event they forget their Teacher IDs. If you are a teacher reading this, take the time now to make sure all your previously entered students are not too old to participate, and are still in your studio. If they're not going to participate again, the program makes it easy to remove their records from the system. And if you forget your Teacher ID, don't make another one! Swallow your pride and call your branch or festival Bach chairperson. He or she will be able to tell your what your Teacher ID is.
  1. Instituted site usage fee and credit card payment
    I have been your webmaster for over 10 years. Although I am not a teacher, I am a musician and I value helping more young people become interested in classical music. To that end, I have accepted only a very small annual honorarium in exchange for my services to SCJBF -- a fraction of what a professional programmer would charge. But I will be stepping down next year, and SCJBF will be faced with hiring such a programmer to perform database-specific maintenance and enhancements. These costs will be in addition to the annual costs associated with software upgrades and hosting services of a virtual dedicated server. This money must come from somewhere, so we are asking those teachers who see their students benefit from our performance opportunities, master classes, and more to make a small contribution. 

    Every effort has been made to make the credit card payment process as secure and simple as possible. You might notice in your browser's URL box, the address now starts with https://. The "s" invokes SSL or Secure Socket Layer. This makes the communication between your computer and ours fully encrypted, so personal information is protected. SCJBF does not store your credit card number at all, so there's nothing for potential hackers to find here. Please read the page describing the fee carefully.

  2. Your own teacher profile
    This would be a good time to check your own teacher profile for accuracy, especially if you have moved , changed phone numbers, or changed email address. If you have changed your email address, you should notify the webmaster so he can update the login database. This will ensure that you will be able to automatically retrieve your password if you forger or misplace it. Always provide your name, teacher ID, old email address and new email address when notifying the webmaster.
  3. Please report any site issues
    Since the credit card processing is new this year, it's possible that some part of the new programming may act up. If  the site gives you an error message or other unexpected issue, please use the Contact Us page to let me know.

Thank you for your cooperation.