Using Focus on Sound with Microsoft Teams

If you don't have the Teams version of Focus on Sound and you need to know more, go here.

Schools which have the Teams version of Focus on Sound

All users - logging on.

Teacher/admins - setting up for Teams.

Teacher admins/IT staff - setting up Teams classes that work with Focus on Sound.

Teachers - setting up assignments.

Teacher/admins - request closure of MusicFirst version. This also transfers custom tests, lessons, etc. to your new Teams version.

If you see something like this: The user account you logged in with is not linked to a school. Please login with your school account.

This is probably because classes have not yet been set up so that Focus on Sound can see them. Teachers need to ask IT staff to read this page. It might also be that you are not using your correct school Teams login credentials.

FAQs for teachers

Why are test marks not sent automatically to Teams?
Microsoft doesn't allow students to mark their own work (unsurprisingly!). There is currently no provision to send marks automatically. They have to be sent by teachers using our 'Save to Teams' button. You can find this by going into the custom lesson in Focus on Sound. If you want marks to be sent to Teams you have to use the Custom Lesson feature in My School.

Teachers can log on but students can't
Almost certainly the students have a different email 'domain' (everything after the @ in their GC login). Let us know what it is by emailing and we'll add it to the system.

You get a message saying you need admin approval
You'll need IT to provide approval. Go here (about half way down the page):

I'd like to add a student teacher or a supply teacher to the system
Go here

New students or classes are not appearing in Focus on Sound My School or Results

  1. Click Refresh Data on the Classes page in the portal admin
  2. Click log out
  3. Log in again. The classes should be there – also in the Results menu

I'm sharing a lesson to Teams using the Share button, but I can't see all my classes for the assignment
The Teams software lists any classes assigned to you in the school - not just the classes you have assigned to Focus on Sound. The list is not something we can control. If you have more classes than it can display on the page Teams may show a random list which may or may not include the classes you expect.

If the class you need doesn't appear, you need to go to the class in Microsoft Teams, click on 'assignments' and then click on 'Get started.'

Students can't hear my computer sound in Teams video calls
Here's the information from Microsoft: To share sound from your computer, select the Share content button in your meeting controls and then Include computer sound—it's the switch on the top left of your sharing options.
Go here for more detail

If the above doesn't solve your issue, please email
This email address is only for Teams issues