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Auralia & Musition Lessons

Author: Rising Software

Students can practice ear-training and theory drills, work through lessons and complete tests, in areas such as Intervals, Chords, Scales, Terms, Rhythm, Cadences and Melody. We have worked with many educators to ensure that topics and levels provided are ideally suited for Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Auralia & Musition Lessons is available for free with every US MusicFirst Online Classroom account.


Inside Music

Author: Inside Music, LLC

Inside Music provides a fun, all-encompassing guide to music composition—for beginner through advanced students. Designed to provide important resources for busy teachers, the lessons include listening examples, musical scores, and illustrations of important concepts.

Inside Music is available for $129/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom and Noteflight Learn.


Music Cover Lessons

Author: Tierney, Helen
Copyright: Rhinegold Education © 2012

Minimum preparation, maximum learning: this pack supports Music Departments faced with providing emergency absence cover, often by non-specialist teachers. Music Cover Lessons provides ten valuable learning experiences focused on the need for stylistic awareness, understanding of key terms, and appreciation of musical traditions:

• Flexibility designed for the non-specialist – the mixed-ability activities can be delivered easily, regardless of the teacher’s musical ability or equipment available, and with a minimum of preparation.
• Multi-purpose – the lessons are designed for KS3 and 4 in school, or as homework, revision or bridging activities.
• Relevant and purposeful – the activities are focused on providing a valuable learning experience.

Music Cover Lessons is available for $19/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Premier Performance

Author:  Ed Sueta

Premier Performance is an innovative and comprehensive band method written with one primary goal: providing band directors with the most effective and logically sequenced instructional materials for young instrumentalists.

Premier Performance Book 1 is available for $199/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom and PracticeFirst.


Recorder From The Beginning Book 1

Author: Pitts, John
Copyright: © 2004 John Pitts


This popular recorder course by John Pitts is written for 7-11 year olds no previous knowledge of music or recorders is necessary. It is carefully graded with clear explanations at every stage, encouraging children to develop musical skills as well as recorder techniques.

Recorder From The Beginning Book 1 is available for $19.95/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Recorder from the Beginning Book 2

Author: Pitts, John
Copyright: © 2004 John Pitts

This popular recorder course by John Pitts is written for 7-11 year olds no previous knowledge of music or recorders is necessary. It is carefully graded with clear explanations at every stage, encouraging children to develop musical skills as well as recorder techniques.

Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 is available for $19.95/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Recorder from the Beginning: Blues, Rags & Boogies

Author: Pitts, John
Copyright: © 1998 Chester Music (A division of Music Sales Limited)


Blues, Rags and Boogies builds on the skills taught in the Recorder from the Beginning method books 1-3 and helps to extend the range of musical forms and styles your recorder students are familiar with. The selection of repertoire features some well-known tunes, as well as exciting new pieces by John Pitts in authentic blues, ragtime and boogie styles.

Recorder from the Beginning: Blues, Rags & Boogies is available for $15.70/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Teach & Play: African Drums

Author:  Simpson, Mike
Copyright:  © 2012 Rhinegold Education, a division of Music Sales Limited

This unit is designed to help you successfully teach six pieces of African music to your students – regardless of whether you own any African drums or not, and whether you are a music specialist or not. The six pieces cover a wide range of music from North, South, West and East Africa, from traditional djembe drumming to gumboot dancing and a Senegalese pop song. These pieces are accompanied by background information and cross-curricular activities, which you and your students can use to explore this wonderful continent and its music in more depth.

Teach & Play: African Drums is available for $47.40/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


The Singing Classroom

Author:  Pasternack, Deborah Skydell

The Singing Classroom is like a song collection come to life! It’s an ever-growing, searchable database of songs and music games for music teachers of grades PreK-6.

SEARCH by grade level, genre, song topic, type of game, cultural origin, materials used, holidays, musical concepts, solfége and rhythms, or Orff instruments. 

DOWNLOAD and print sheet music, posters, and other materials to use as you teach. 

WATCH videos that suggest how to introduce and teach the songs to help quickly engage and delight your students, as well as animations of bunnies demonstrating games and dances. 

SHOW the animations to your students and see how quickly they learn to play a new game or do a dance. LISTEN to each song being sung to get a quick feel for the style and tempo. 

SAVE your favorites to your personal MySong page, so you can access them any time. 

LEARN great repertoire and activities, all with detailed suggestions (in written and video form) explaining how to present the material and how to avoid pitfalls. 

GET INSPIRED year-round instead of just a few times a year at conferences or workshops. Experienced teachers are guaranteed to find new songs and variations on old favorites that kids love.

The Singing Classroom is available for $139.95/year/teacher.


Teach & Play: Balinese Gamelan

Author:  Simpson, Mike
Copyright:  © 2012 Rhinegold Education, a division of Music Sales Limited

Balinese gamelan music is vibrant, visually stimulating and completely absorbing. This unit is designed to help you successfully teach six pieces of Balinese gamelan music to your students - regardless of whether you own a gamelan or not, and whether you are a music specialist or not. The six pieces cover a wide range of music, from a Balinese warrior dance and a traditional lullaby, to rhythmic "monkey" chanting and a shadow-puppet play. These pieces are accompanied by background information and cross-curricular activities, which you and your students can use to explore the wonderful island of Bali and is music in more depth.

Teach & Play: Balinese Gamelan is available for $47.40/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Teach & Play: Samba

Author:  Simpson, Mike
Copyright:  © 2012 Rhinegold Education, a division of Music Sales Limited

This unit of 14 sections and 14 tasks is designed to help you successfully teach six pieces of Brazilian samba to your students – regardless of whether you own any samba drums or not, and whether you are a music specialist or not. The six pieces cover a wide range of music from Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, from traditional Carnival music to a Paul Simon song and a jazz samba. These pieces are accompanied by background information and cross-curricular activities, which you and your students can use to explore this wonderful country and its music in more depth.

Teach & Play: Samba is available for $47.40/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology

Author:  Freedman, Barbara
Copyright:  Oxford University Press © 2013

Teaching Music Through Composition focuses on teaching students basic music concepts and compositional techniques and has students demonstrate those skills through creating music. Whether music technology is the primary focus of your class or used as a learning unit, this book will show you how it can be done with practical, tried-and-true lesson plans, student assignments, projects, worksheets, and exercises.

Teaching Music Through Composition is available for $36.95/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.


Tradition of Excellence

Author:  Pearson, Bruce & Nowlin, Ryan

The Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method is a music educator’s dream! It’s a flexible performance–centered curriculum that seamlessly blends classic and contemporary pedagogy and cutting-edge technology.

Tradition of Excellence Book 1 is available for $199/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom and PracticeFirst.


Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

Author: Watson, Scott
Copyright: Oxford University Press © 2011


The MusicFirst online edition of Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity is intended to provide teachers with valuable information and tools for evoking creativity through technology from their students. Our staff has adapted this resource for the MusicFirst online classroom and software in order to provide model lesson plans teachers can use, expand on or adapt.

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity is available for $36.95/year and requires a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom.