Since I began teaching in the 90’s, I’ve been on a quest to find a way to bring music alive for my students in our classroom. The dream has always been to provide multimedia rich tools that allow students to experience music creation and consumption in a way that caters to and extends their interests and needs and allows them to learn anywhere, anytime at their own pace.
In essence, I’ve been waiting for the Music First Online Classroom. My school signed up for the full suite for our students in 2013 with the view to having Music First power our Project Based Learning approach for our 400 music students. Working closely with the Music First team, we are on the way to realising the vision I’ve had for my classroom since I began teaching.
The Music First Classroom and its customisable suite of browser based apps allow my colleague Peter Orenstein and I to provide a customised online learning experience for our students that automates so much of the boring and time consuming parts of teaching and learning and allows us to concentrate on the best parts, like creating and performing.
I can’t wait to see what Music First has for us next and look forward to continuing to work with the team to bring an inspiring and engaging music education to the next generation of creative musicians.
Having searched for a learning management system I could use in my classroom, I was overjoyed when I discovered Musicfirst. It (MusicFirst) has everything I need to bring my classroom into the 21st century and keep my students engaged and enjoying learning music.
There is a range of fantastic software that students can use which is all online and you can share your lessons and resources with other music educators from around the world!
I absolutely recommend MusicFirst to any serious music educator who is looking for a way to “flip” their music department and engage a new generation of music students.
We have just completed the third week of our first term and I set up a task for my Year 9 Music students in Noteflight yesterday, and this morning when I logged on I found that a few of my students had already completed the task as homework, and I have just corrected their scores with added feedback comments. It worked!!!!
“Musicfirst has been a timely and much welcomed addition to how I run music lessons and learning beyond the classroom. I am a firm believer in pupils accessing the highest quality materials and software: both of which are delivered by this platform. I am currently using it with in excess of 300 pupils across Key Stage 3 and 4 and this will double as of September this year, as I believe every pupil studying music benefits greatly from their own MusicFirst classroom.”
“MusicFirst allowed me to set meaningful, lesson extension, practical music-based homework for all students for the first time in my career. Being entirely cloud-based means my students can 'play' with the exact same program we use at school wherever they are: standards are rising fast! The Online Classroom means I have up-to-date data in every student. Because this integrates so well into SIMS (and other school data systems) my admin time for progress monitoring and reporting has been cut in half. The cloud-based software has made transition onto the new GCSE syllabus incredibly easy. Focus on Sound and Noteflight are exactly what I needed to boost my students' learning moving into Key Stage 4. MusicFirst made my dream of paperless music tuition into a reality. Try MusicFirst... and watch your students engage, their creativity blossom ... and your exam results go up!”
“Focus on Sound is a marvellous, affordable, and user-friendly listening resource. Pupils find it easily accessible via mobile, tablet or PC at any time of day (or night, if set homework tasks). I would warmly recommend this excellent software to all departments.”
“My A level and GCSE students love Focus on Sound. Positively waxing lyrical about it! It’s such a good resource for them – the harmony stuff in particular.”
“Focus on Sound is a landmark resource . . . . none of the apps I have seen so far come close.”