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MusicFirst Academy

We are proud to offer a series of 100% online certifications designed to help you master all essential functions in the MusicFirst Classroom and MusicFirst Junior platforms and become comfortable using integrated software. These courses run asynchronously, allowing busy music educators to complete coursework according to their own schedules. Attendance is required at one live webinar. Upon successful completion of the certification, participants will obtain official MusicFirst Educator status, demonstrating their ability to use the suite of MusicFirst software in music teching and learning contexts.

Participants my also choose professional development hours, or to enroll in these courses for graduate credit through Seattle Pacific University for an additional fee. View course options.


Course Offerings

MusicFirst Educator Certification for Ensemble Directors

This course for band, orchestra, and choir directors focuses on how music educators can leverage technology to effective & efficiently teach and assess a larger number of students. the course is designed to help you make the most of the MusicFirst Classroom content and integrated software geared toward performance ensembles. The course will cover class management, the MusicFirst Library, and content creation in the first several sessions. Later sessions will move on to more advanced topics which include how to use integrated software (PracticeFirst, Sight Reading Factory, Noteflight Learn, Auralia, and Musition) to create rich content for students.


MusicFirst Educator Certification for General Music & Theory Teachers

One of the challenges in music education is bridging the gap between a student's music tastes and the sonic art which educators consider "music." Teens often view music taught in traditional classrooms as "school music," and music played on their devices as "their music." This course, written for middle/high school general music & music theory teachers, will provide powerful tools to teach elements of thinking in sound, and ideas for creative activities using popular and world music to teach rhythm, harmony, and melody. Participants will become acquainted with software applications, including: O-Generator, Soundtrap for Education, Soundation 4 Education, Noteflight Learn, and Focus on Sound, as well as a wealth of purpose-built content available in the MusicFirst Library.


MusicFirst Junior Certification for Elementary Music Teachers

This certification course for elementary school general music teachers is designed to help you master all essential functions in the MusicFirst Junior platform and become comfortable with the integrated software. In the first portion of the course, participants will learn about the general structure and functionality of the MusicFirst Junior platform, including: class management, the content library, content creation, and user modes. The second half of the course will cover integrated software, including: Groovy Music, Morton Subotnick's Music Academy, and InstrumentsFirst.


Soundtrap for Education Certification

This introductory course will lead you through the basics of how to use Soundtrap for Education and incorporates creative ways to integrate the software into your daily lesson plans and program curriculum. Geared toward teacher of music grades 4-12. Lesson topics include recording voice/instruments, mixing & editing loops, integrating literature (poetry, short stories), writing rubrics, and creating comprehensive lesson plans.

Available exclusively through SPU.

Noteflight Learn Certification

This course is designed for K-12 educators who would like to learn to use the online Noteflight Learn music notation software in their own practice as educators, and to teach their students to use Noteflight as a tool for musical expression and creativity. The course topics will cover navigation in the Noteflight interface, score creation, editing, importing & exporting, and collaborative features. Each unit will focus on building skills needed to create and manipulate the types of musical scores typically used and created by educators, culminating with instruction specific to using Noteflight Learn within the MusicFirst Classroom environment.

Available exclusively through SPU.