FoS Pro

Our extended version of Focus on Sound

Optionally use Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom integration - only with the Pro version.


UK customers quotes:

Just starting to realise the immense potential of this upgrade. Still can't believe how utterly amazing this is for the price. This is literally going to save us hours and hours of time. Helen Blythe - The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.

I have to say that Focus on Sound Pro is brilliant – I wish I had upgraded when it first came out. Making your own lessons is so easy. Sally Thompson - Thurstable School, Essex.

Here's what you can do:

  • Optionally use Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams to login - no need to upload student lists. Just tick the names of classes you want to use.
  • Assign work to individual classes, groups of classes or the whole school. Use Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams or MusicFirst. The work can be existing Focus on Sound content, tests or lessons, or you can set your own work including external links
  • Notify classes of lessons you want them to do, giving them a direct link to the actual custom lesson.
  • Set your own tests, using up to 6 types of test and 17 different types of question. You can use FoS media or upload your own. We are confident that this facility is far beyond what is possible in any existing virtual learning environment.
  • Write and upload your own content for use in the Focus on Sound environment (pictures, audio, text, video, etc.)
  • Access tests and lessons created by other teachers - and share your own if you want.
  • Get feedback on the answers students gave in auto marked tests

The Pro version includes a 'My School' tab between Lessons and Results. Students see this as a 'My Class' tab.


Here's an example of custom lesson creation. These are some of the special features:

  • Choose from existing Focus on Sound lessons or entirely new ones (no. 2 in screenshot)
  • Allocate the work to individual classes (no. 4 in screenshot)
  • Add internal or external web links (no. 7 in screenshot)

Notify classes

With FoS Pro your classes now have notifications as soon as they start up the software. These are very easy to set up. Just choose the lesson, then the class(es) you want to be notified. Add dates - use presets if you want - then publish.


FoS Pro Custom Test Types

All tests work in standard and class demonstration modes

* Random identification tests are based on a list of terms/instruments chosen by the user. They are developed automatically by the Focus on Sound system to produce 20 random questions using some or all of the types listed, depending on the type of terms chosen by the teacher.

Test type Question types
Type 1 - Random identification* Single picture and sound, multiple choice text
Single picture and sound, type answer
Single picture, multiple choice text
Single sound, multiple choice text
Multiple picture, verbal stimulus
Multiple picture, single sound
Single picture, type answer
Single sound, type answer
Quiz text, multiple choice texts
Single sound, multiple choice quiz texts
Type 2 - Timeline test, single audio Quiz text with multiple choice texts
Type answer
Type 3 - Timeline test, with audio and drag and drop answers Quiz text with randomised answers in an answer panel
Type 4 - Quiz with drag and drop answers and no audio Quiz text with randomised answers in an answer panel
Type 5 - Discussion/writing Single sound, write answer
Compare two sounds, write answer
Look at video, write answer
YouTube video, write answer
Compare two YouTube videos, write answer
Type 6 - Fixed questions with single audio and picture Single picture and sound, multiple choice text
Single picture and sound, type answer
Single picture, multiple choice text
Single sound, multiple choice text
Single picture, type answer
Single sound, type answer

Here is an example of the new timeline test with randomised answers in an answer panel. Drag and drop the answers to the relevant answer box.


You could write one of these tests in 5 minutes in FoS Pro. Here's the process:

  1. Name the test
  2. Upload the audio
  3. Input a series of questions and answers, together with the position in the audio (easy)
  4. Add one or two extra 'distractors' (wrong answers)
  5. Click 'Publish' and you're done.

All the answers as well as the extra distractors are randomised and placed in the panel on the right. The student drags and drops from the panel to the appropriate answer box.

There is a separate system for class presentation mode. The student writes or says the answer in class - there's no drag and drop in this situation of course.

There's more detail on custom tests here.

Results feedback

We now provide full feedback on all test results for FoS Pro users. So, for each question we show the correct answer, whether the student was right or wrong, and the answer chosen if wrong.