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ComposeFirst Competition

To help celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, MusicFirst is excited to announce the ComposeFirst Music Competition, open to students grades K-12.

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MusicFirst Online Classroom

Release Notes

MusicFirst is constantly improving and updating. Check out our most recent updates for the Online Classroom, Content offerings, and more!

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Special Offer

6-Month Subscription – Limited Time Offer​

Beginning January 1, MusicFirst will once again be offering half-price subscriptions of the MusicFirst Online Classroom to new users. The award-winning Online Classroom keeps your students, classes, and assignments all organized in one easy to use platform. Whether you want to prepare students for your end of the year concerts, or engage students with creative and exciting software, MusicFirst has a package for you.

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NAfME and MusicFirst Partner to Bring Music Educators State-of-the-Art Learning Management System

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) strives to provide music educators and education leaders with engaging professional development opportunities to support best practices. Now, NAfME and MusicFirst have come together to bring music educators a state-of-the-art learning management system, available 24-7. MusicFirst is the Digital Education Division of the Music Sales Corporation.

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New Staff 2017

MusicFirst is Growing!

We are excited to announce the addition of three new MusicFirst team members: Roger Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing; Zachary Jackson, Administrative Services Manager; and Joanna Huang, Asia/Pacific Regions Accounts Manager.

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MusicFirst Junior™

MusicFirst Junior™ is an amazing new Teaching System for Elementary Music Education. Ideal for both teacher - led and independent student use, it’s also perfect for flipped classrooms and cross-arts learning.

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TI:ME & SBO Best Tools for Schools Awards for MusicFirst

Leading music education technology company MusicFirst was presented with two of the highest music education accolades during the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Technology in Music Education, and the School Band and Orchestra Best Tools for Schools Award for Best Teaching Tool for Intermediate Students.

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Announcing the MusicFirst iOS Student App

We are very proud to release the MusicFirst Student App. The app allows students who are subscribed to the MusicFirst Online Classroom to view and complete tasks assigned to them by their teachers, using an iPhone or iPad.

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Santa Teresa High School

Julie Bounds of Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, Calif., is a band director always on the lookout for the thriftiest ways to run her band program.

With MusicFirst, Bounds not only found an affordable solution for her bands’ needs, she also found an extraordinarily convenient tool that allows for more student accountability and flexibility for busy music teachers.

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Introducing PracticeFirst

MusicFirst announces an exciting partnership with MatchmySound™ to create PracticeFirst™, an affordable, online practice and assessment tool offering innovative features. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, PracticeFirst allows students to practice anytime, anywhere, with instant feedback and flexibility that has never been seen before.

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Implementing and Assessing the New National Core Arts Standards is Easy with MusicFirst

The new National Core Arts Standards were officially launched on Monday, October 20, 2014, after nearly five years of planning and spirited debate among administrators, educators, and art education organizations. While some teachers welcome them, others are wary of how the standards will impact their music programs.

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FOS Assessment

Assessing Your Music Students in the Cloud

Music teachers have been assessing their students since people first starting teaching others how to make music. It is a part of our every day existence. Music teachers correct student mistakes, give advice, and instruct their students about all facets of music making, music fundamentals, and music history in performance ensemble, general music class, music theory and ear training exercises, or in individual vocal and instrumental lessons. Due to the ever increasing importance being placed on quantitative assessment and the need to show student progress, it has never been more crucial to music educators to have tools in place that can help them assess their students, and keep an accurate record of their progress throughout the school year. With the number of students music teachers teach per year, this task can be extremely time consuming and difficult. At MusicFirst, we know how crucial assessment is - especially in this age of standardized testing - and we are happy to report to you that the each of the products we sell can help you implement broad-based school-wide assessment for your music students and your music program.

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Paradise Valley Unified School District

Joyce Bertilson is no stranger to education technology – she uses it every day as the music instructor for PVOnline, an online division of the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Specifically, Bertilson uses MusicFirst, engaging students with affordable, cloud-based solutions.

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NPR Affiliate WFAE discusses MusicFirst software Soundation for Education in Music Education story

We were thrilled to find this story by Charlotte, N.C. NPR affiliate WFAE 90.7, which features MusicFirst audio recording software, Soundation.

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Philadelphia School District Implements MusicFirst Online Classroom Pilot Program

MusicFirst is proud to partner with another school system to share tools that improve music education for both teachers and students. This time, we head to the East Coast to the great city of Philadelphia, PA.

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Valley Forge Christian College’s Dr. Floyd Richmond Discusses MusicFirst

Dr. Floyd Richmond, Professor of Music at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA, is a specialist on the use of technology in the music classroom.

Since the beginning of modern digital instrumentation and music technology, he has been at the forefront of its usage in the realm of education. Over the years, Dr. Richmond has held positions as a college professor, music teacher, worship leader, church orchestra director and choir director, using his technological expertise in each of these fields.

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