"Through the MusicFirst platform, we have been able to overcome the challenges of remote learning, and high quality learning is now accessible 24/7. Teachers are continually developing exciting learning opportunities through the seamless integration of the platform into our entire curriculum model.”
Alex Green
Alex Green - Director of Music and Subject Lead for Music
David Ross Education Trust
East Midlands, UK
"I can wholeheartedly recommend the MusicFirst program. I’ve seen the change that it’s brought in our students. I’ve seen so much greater motivation as a result of being able to engage in music outside the classroom, at home, as independent students, as musicians. The fact that we’re giving students now the tools to be musicians is such a powerful message that we can send them.”
Simon Toyne
Simon Toyne - Executive Director of Music
David Ross Education Trust
East Midlands, UK
"The feedback from schools using any of the MusicFirst packages has been wholly positive. The support and
communications from Richard and Matt have been second to none and schools have really benefitted from our partnership working. This was even more of benefit during the pandemic when pupils could access high quality resources from home, with teachers able to set work for pupils to access on the cloud easily, via Focus on Sound Pro. I thoroughly recommend MusicFirst to all Music Education Hubs around the country.”
Ben Rapp
Ben Rapp, Regional Manager
Lancashire Music Service
Lancashire, UK
“Our GCSE students love using Focus on Sound. We do the OCR specification but use all of the lessons from other exam boards too for wider listening. It’s great music teaching!”
Mark Aitchison
Mark Aitchison, Head of Music
Droitwich Spa High School
Worcestershire, UK
I am absolutely loving Focus on Sound Pro! Thank you for the lovely app. My biggest stress was to create content, and this resource makes it so much easier to be able to teach and enhance on a slideshow.
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Magdalize Carstens
High School Music Teacher, Wembley College, South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
I think this is such a great resource leveraging technology and is a huge help in making / supporting high-quality music learning accessible for our students and supporting the delivery of the GCSE syllabus.

I’ve been subscribing to Focus on Sound pretty much since you guys started it! I think it’s an amazing resource!
Tim Roderick Music Subject leader Fairfield High School
Tim Roderick, Music Subject Leader
Fairfield High School
Bristol, UK
I first bought Focus on Sound 4-5 years ago. The online dictionary is priceless – it’s so much better than Google as I know I can trust Focus on Sound and that it’s a good resource written by a music educator. You can dip in and use it in variety of ways, for example to quickly find relevant resources and examples in a lesson. Students can go in independently and revise any area they are less secure on to have concepts explained in a different way to help reinforce and develop their understanding. I love that I can tell the students to complete any of the lessons and be confident that what they are doing is valid and useful.

I like that you can add and create your own lessons and tests, but the published ones are brilliant. For Key Stage 3 there are solid lessons on musical concepts and terminology. I work at an international school, and it’s been hugely valuable to have a resource that is web-based and tailored to the IGCSE music programme.
testimonial - Laura MacRitchie
Laura MacRitchie, Head of Music
Bangkok Patana School
Bangkok City, Thailand
Our subscription to Focus on Sound is the first thing on our budget list every year now. We do just love Focus on Sound, couldn't live without it!
Joanna Brennan
Joanna Brennan, Head of Music
King's School
Hove, East Sussex, UK
"During my time at the University of Birmingham School, the opportunity to facilitate regular pupil practice
of listening, as well as key theory skills, in a way which was manageable in terms of workload had a significant positive impact on pupil progress.”
Annie Arguropulo-Palmer
Annie Arguropulo-Palmer, Former Subject Leader for Music
University of Birmingham School
Birmingham, UK