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In addition to the MusicFirst Exclusive Content Library, we also offer an array of method books, assessments, and lessons as part of our Premium Content Library. These materials can be used in the MusicFirst Classroom, as well as with a number of our integrated software titles.

Inside Music

Inside Music is a fun, comprehensive composition curriculum which combines video instruction with Noteflight Learn to create a flexible, accessible, and highly engaging learning experience. These lessons include listening examples, musical scores, and illustrations of important concepts. It may be used to fulfill state and national composition standards, and is the perfect addition to a general music, music theory, or music technology course. Appropriate for beginning through advanced students. 

$129 per year

Requires MusicFirst Classroom & Noteflight subscription.

You Won’t Miss a Beat™ Assessments

At  Tools for Conductors, our combined expertise enables us to design and connect, music literacy and online digital assessments. This allows music educators, students, administrators, and parents to accurately and instantly determine what students understand and are able to demonstrate, using standards-based rubrics of musical concepts.  You Won’t Miss a Beat Assessments can be given at any time during the year. Each private assessment can be given on a laptop, tablet or desktop computer that has a quality external or built-in microphone. Click here to watch it in action.

"Tools for Conductors has created a quick way to get an accurate assessment of each students' ability to right read music." -Andy Marshall, HS Choir Director, International School Bangkok

Band AssessmentsGrades 6-12$199 per year
Choral & Vocal AssessmentsGrades 6-12$199 per year
Rhythmic AssessmentsGrades 4-12$199 per year
Elementary AssessmentsGrades K-5$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom & PracticeFirst.

 

Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method

Author: Bruce Pearson

The Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method Books combine a strong performance-centered approach with music theory & history, ear training, listening, composition, improvisation, and interdisciplinary and multicultural studies. 

Standard of ExcellenceBook 1$199 per year
Standard of ExcellenceBook 2$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom & PracticeFirst.

Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method

Authors: Bruce Pearson & Ryan Nowlin

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

Tradition of ExcellenceBook 1$199 per year
Tradition of ExcellenceBook 2$199 per year
Tradition of ExcellenceBook 3$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom & PracticeFirst.

 

Habits of a Successful Musician Series

The Habits of a Successful Musician series is a field-tested collection of sequential exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect to use with a large ensemble or a solo player, this series includes etudes, warm-ups, sight-reading exercises, rhythm studies, chorales, and much more. This series collects everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature. 

TitleAuthor(s)InstrumentsPrice
Habits of a Successful MusicianScott Rush & Rich Moon, ed. Marguerite WilderFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax/ TC Baritone, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Mallet Percussion$199 per year
Habits of a Successful Middle School MusicianScott Rush, Jeff Scott, Emily Wilkinson, Rich Moon & Kevin Boyle, ed. Marguerite WilderFlute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone TC, Tuba, Mallets, Percussion$199 per year
Habits of a Successful String MusicianChristopher Selby, Scott Rush & Rich MoonViolin, Viola, Cello, Bass$199 per year
Habits of a Successful Middle Level String MusicianChristopher SelbyViolin, Viola, Cello, Bass$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom & PracticeFirst.

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. (Book 1 currently available.)

$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom and PracticeFirst.

Foundations for Superior Performance: Warm-Up and Technique for Band

Authors: Richard Williams & Jeff King

As band directors in the Duncanville Independent School District (SW of Dallas, TX) Richard Williams and Jeff King were continually looking for materials that would help them achieve the musical goals they set for their band students. Like many band directors, they found themselves writing numerous hand-outs covering basic warm-ups, scales, and technical exercises. Over the years they have refined, edited, and organized their classroom materials into Foundations For Superior Performance.

This series is designed to help organize the daily rehearsal and to improve the overall performance level of the ensemble. From as little as five minutes a day, to forty-five minutes a day, this series offers the flexibility and options to fit any particular band situation. It also provides the director with the resources to meet each student on his or her own level while challenging them to reach the next level.

$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom and PracticeFirst.

 

String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra

Authors: Terry Shade & Jeremy Woolstenhume

String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra is a comprehensive method for beginning string classes. Utilizing technical exercises, music from around the world, classical themes by the masters, and original compositions, students will learn to play their string instruments in an orchestra. Step-by-step sequences of instruction will prove invaluable as students learn to hold their instrument and  bow, finger new notes, count different rhythms, read music  notation, and more. (Book 1 currently available.)

$129 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom and PracticeFirst.

All for Strings

Authors: Gerald Anderson

All for Strings is a comprehensive three-volume method surrounded by a wealth of supplementary materials for teaching and performance.This complete curriculum covers virtually every aspect of beginning through intermediate string study, emphasizing technical skills, rhythmic understanding, and quality musical experiences. Many of the National Standards for Music Education can be easily implemented into the classroom setting with the varied components All for Strings has to offer.

All for StringsBook 1$199 per year
All for StringsBook 2$199 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom & PracticeFirst.

Teaching Music Through Composition

Author: Barbara Freedman

Copyright: Oxford University Press © 2013 Teaching Music

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 curricular supplement, this book will show you how it can be done with practical, tried-and-true lesson plans, student assignments, projects, worksheets, and exercises.

$36.95 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom.

 

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

Author: Scott Watson

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 Classroom and software in order to provide model lesson plans teachers can use, expand on, or adapt.

$36.95 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom.

 

The Love Note

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Gail Phaneuf

Curriculum Guide & Lesson Plans by Kelly A. Schell

The Love Note is a quirky, teen coming-of-age musical set in a fictional middle school full of zany, wacky, apprehensive kids, and one watchful lunch lady. The story follows Jessie as she attempts to fit in at her new school, and attempts to retrieve her lunch and love note, which have been stolen from her by a clique of bullies.

The Love Note is a musical that approaches the subject of bullying in a manner that will entertain the students while also bringing a very serious cultural issue into the classroom. Not only can The Love Note be performed by the students and add the elements of performance arts to the campus, but it can also be used in many educational ways. This curriculum guide provides integrated lessons to be used in conjunction with the show by guidance counselors in addition to their anti-bullying programs and teachers to enhance their classroom programs. Through the use of the show and the following lesson plans, a dialogue will begin to grow among the students and bring awareness to the dangers of bullying. The Love Note can make a positive difference in schools by cutting down on bullying and making students more accountable for their own actions. 

$20 per year

Requires a subscription to MusicFirst Classroom.

The Singing Classroom

Author: Deborah Skydell Pasternack

The Singing Classroom is a song collection come to life! It’s an ever-growing, searchable database of songs, sheet music, posters, videos, animations, music games, and more for music teachers of grades PreK-6. Educators may search by grade level, genre, song topic, type of game, cultural origin, materials used, holidays, musical concepts, solfége & rhythms, or Orff instruments, and save their favorites to easily access them for future use. 

$139.95 per year