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PracticeFirst™, powered by MatchMySound™, is a truly affordable way to allow your students to practice anytime, anywhere, on any device (including mobile!). PracticeFirst provides students with instantaneous & intuitive feedback, allowing them to gain meaningful insights into the quality of their practice and accelerate their achievement. Perfect for band, orchestra, choral, and solo instrumental & vocal practice, PracticeFirst gives music teachers easy-to-use tools for creating assignments.

Robust Feedback

PracticeFirst is the industry leader in providing detailed and nuanced student performance feedback, assessing accuracy in:


  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Intonation
  • Duration

Customizable Exercises

Upload your own exercise notation or audio files, or use included method books and repertoire.

Click-track (floating tempo) or metronome options for recording.

Adjust assessment rigor from "easy" to "hard", and set score threshold for submission.

PracticeFirst Customizable Exercises


  • Tailored for students of all levels
  • Comes with exercises and pieces, and also allows you to create your own
  • Create exercises with multiple parts from multipart scores
  • Assesses rhythmic and pitch accuracy
  • Assignment types include memorization and sight reading modes
  • Grading scale can be adjusted from easy to hard
  • Works for polyphonic instruments like piano and guitar
  • Teachers can now let students choose their instrument themselves when practicing
  • Includes a built-in tuner for instruments that need to be tuned before playing
  • “Click track” option in place of the metronome for exercises with floating tempo
  • A great practice and assessment tool, perfect for choral students
  • Fully integrated with the MusicFirst Classroom's gradebook, scheduling, portfolio-building and other features.
  • Use our content, or upload your own

Included Methods and Repertoire

Free, ready-to-use method books and repertoire for band, chorus, and orchestra including:

  • Foundations of Superior Performance
  • Standard of Excellence Band Method, Books 1, 2
  • Tradition of Excellence Band Method, Books 1, 2, 3
  • Standard of Excellence Festival Solos Books 1, 2, 3
  • Standard of Excellence Festival Ensembles Books 1,2
  • All for Strings Books 1, 2, 3
  • String Basics 1, 2, 3
  • Premier Performance
  • Measures of Success
  • Habits of a Successful Musician (complete series)
  • You Won't Miss a Beat Assessments
  • Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method
  • First Place for Jazz
  • Complete repertoire libraries from
    • Excelcia Music Publishing
    • Bandworks Publications
    • YourScore Music Publishing
  • Complete UIL listed repertoire from Kjos and Queenwood/Kjos
  • Selected band, jazz, orchestra, and choral repertoire from C.L. Barnhouse, CTS (Claude T. Smith Publications), Grand Mesa, Kendor, Wingert-Jones, and more.
  • Repertoire from featured composers including Steven Bryant, Jennifer Jolley, John Mackey, Wayne Oquin, Randall Standridge, James Stephenson, Omar Thomas
  • Library of standard literature and etudes in the public domain

View Included Methods & Repertoire


Premium Content

Available for purchase through the MusicFirst Classroom, we offer an additional selection of selected band, jazz, orchestra, and choral repertoire from Hal Leonard




  • Compatible OS

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Chrome OS
  • iOS (iPhone/iPad)
  • Android
  • Supported Browsers

  • Chrome