Focus on Sound is exciting new music education software for Windows®, Apple®Mac®, tablets and smartphones. It develops students’ listening and composing skills as well as enhancing their general musical knowledge. Focus on Sound contains two multimedia software products: Instruments and Sound Words.

Developed for students aged 9 to 18, the Instruments section introduces around 200 musical instruments, voices and groups - in classical, jazz, rock, folk and world music. Sound Words has more than 50 topic areas covering harmony, rhythm, structure, melody, instrumental techniques, technology, music reading and music theory.

As an example, our coverage of the flute in the Instruments section includes the classical and jazz flute, as well as the alto flute, piccolo, bansuri, Baroque flute and Chinese flute. Flute techniques include flutter-tonguing, etc.

First flute page:

The tabs in more detail:

Unlimited listening tests and quizzes:


Test results for classes show last date and time, percentages, number of attempts, etc.

Chords - one of numerous topic areas in Sound Words 

An example of a rhythm test from Sound Words:

Some of the topics from our 200 lessons for individual or class study:

One of many study pieces in Sound Words (all with listening tests, quizzes, etc.)

Video of a shekere - one of hundreds of specially commissioned videos featuring young professional musicians.

More terms, topics, lessons, quizzes and listening tests added every week.

Written by music education software specialist Dr. Simon Foxall, an experienced music director and senior examiner.

  • Students have access to Focus on Sound anywhere they have an internet connection, enabling them to work from home, computer lab, or the library.
  • Works on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and smartphones, etc.
  • Teachers can choose to use the class-presentation mode, or allow students to work independently.
  • Expert guidance on which instruments students would be best suited to learn, with information on cost, difficulty and suitability.

"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 schools." John McGonigle (Dollar Academy,Scotland)

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