Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams Integration

I love the way it works through Teams - its brilliant! - Trish Parrans-Smith, King Edward VI Aston School

It’s all very intuitive, and I find it very useful indeed - Sam Parratt, St Thomas the Apostle School and 6th Form, Southwark

Now I've successfully figured out how to integrate marks into Google Classroom I love Focus on Sound even more! - Amy Bingham, John Hampden Grammar School

Please note that the standard MusicFirst system of logging in will be discontinued from the end of July 2022. It will be replaced by a new system. We would still recommend the GC or Teams systems in preference.

Advantages (compared to using our traditional MusicFirst system)

  • Students and teachers use the same logons they use at school
  • No need to upload lists to Focus on Sound. You just tick a box next to the names of your existing class names. Students are automatically uploaded to the system.
  • Set homework and classwork by clicking the Share button in Focus on Sound and following the standard instructions in GC or Teams - or set a 'synced' lesson in Focus on Sound that automatically creates an assignment in GC or Teams.
  • For synced lessons Focus on Sound sends class test results direct to GC and Teams - the teacher has to click a 'send' button in Focus on Sound.
  • We aim eventually to provide direct links to other software sold by MusicFirst including Noteflight and Soundtrap - if your school uses GC or Teams to access them.

With a Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams login, you only need to set your classes to 'Yes' and select a year group for each class. You can choose from preset year names, as shown here (we include Scottish groups) - or type your own, like KS4. You don't need to add student names. That is done automatically for you.


Disadvantages (compared to using our traditional MusicFirst system)

  • If you have been using Focus on Sound before, your saved test results will not be copied to the new version. You can keep the old version for a few weeks to ensure you have downloaded the data.
  • You need to know and understand your school's GC or Teams systems
  • If you have got used to Focus on Sound over a year or more, you might not want to change systems in the middle of the year. August/September would be a good time for existing users to change.
  • Currently, schools in Northern Ireland (c2ken) and Wales (HWB) have permission to use the Google Classroom system but not Teams. Scotland (Glow) schools may need to apply to the central IT authority for permission to use the system.

Application form to use Focus on Sound with Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

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Fill in this form if you are the main Focus on Sound admin for your school

Please tick the two boxes below, even if you are new to Focus on Sound

Please note that when the system has been set up for you, you will get an email with instructions - usually from Matt at MusicFirst. You won't be able to use the system until then. Email if you don't hear within two working days.

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