Discount Music Software for Secondary School Music Departments

SOFTPLANET always guarantee you a personal service with free on-going support. Let us work with you – contact us to receive sound advice and extra information on the latest music software.

Here are our 5 top software packages for UK Music Departments.

Simply click on the titles / images below to find out more, or call us for a free demo.

Sibelius 8
sibelius 8

From £19 per seat.

Acoustica Mixcraft 7
Mixcraft 7

Mixcraft is The Student’s DAW – the ideal application for creating professional quality songs, mixes, and videos with ease. From £20 per seat each.

Pro Tools 12

Award-Winning Music Production Software. Pro Tools 12 is everything you need to edit, record and compose, mix great sounding audio and film/TV soundtracks. From £179.00.

Listen Hear 10 site License
Listen Hear

The ultimate revision guide for all listening exams including 250 multi-choice Questions and Answers (for PC) – £99.00

Guitar Class 10 Site License
Guitar Class

Fully progressive guitar music and tips, backing tracks and print sheet music options – £79.00


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Are you ready for September?

It is widely expected that there will be rises in many instrument prices in the coming weeks – buy now!

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Woodwind instruments & Accessories

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet etc

Brass instruments & Accessories

Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Tenor, Baritone etc

General School music

Ukulele, Guitar, Recorder, Ocarina



01280 707140


Bowed Strings & Accessories

Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

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What are the three steps to identifying dysgraphia?

Step one: Compare your student’s handwriting with other students’ handwriting of the same age

Step two: Identify what is making his or her handwriting appear to be of poor quality:

Does his or her handwriting contain oversized letters and punctuation?
Are there inconsistencies in the size of consecutive letter?
Are letters and words written at
an inconsistent angle?
his or her handwriting spaced inconsistently?
Are letters and words written in the wrong order?
his or her handwriting contain more spelling mistakes than you would expect?
Does he or she often cross out his or her work and rewrite it?

Step three: Identify why the handwriting is of poor quality – What causes dysgraphia? A student with dysgraphia will often have problems with his or her language processing, fine motor skills, memory recall, pen/pencil grip, handwriting posture and/or visual spacing.

Dysgraphia Help offer an online dysgraphia test for pupils over 8 years old for £32 which can act as a preliminary diagnosis. The test consists of 50 questions and after completion of the test and submitting a handwriting sample you will receive a report within 72 hours.

You can find more information about Dysgraphia Help’s Online Dysgraphia Test at

What is the single most effective way of raising student exam grades?

There is little more frustrating than a student who you know has plenty of ability within a subject, but who simply does not seem to be able to study and reveal his/her aptitude in exams.

Fortunately, however, there is a fairly simple way of helping such students overcome this situation so that they make far more of their study time, learn more rapidly, and develop an ability to use the knowledge that they have gained within examinations.

This approach breaks learning into two simple parts: learning how to study, and then applying this knowledge to the subject matter being studied.

Self-evidently, once the student can study in a more effective and efficient manner the student also becomes more adept at reproducing this knowledge in a meaningful way when required. Then, inevitably, the student’s grades will go up.

This is where Raising Grades through Study Skills comes in. The volume, which is available either as a photocopiable master or on CD (so that it can be placed on the school’s learning platform), focuses on the ways in which students can both be helped and can help themselves by learning more quickly and more effectively.

Since the first edition of this work was published it has been adopted in several thousand schools, in some cases being used within an individual department, sometimes across the whole school.

22 separate methods of learning are detailed in the volume, plus details of 10 teaching methods which can be used to help develop the learning approaches.

There is also a series of active learning assignments and a further 15 sections on memory and how students may enhance their own memory abilities and increase their ability to utilise the knowledge that they have gained.

Results from the use of this approach have shown that once students have been shown how to study and how to ensure that they can remember and use the material they have studied, the motivation gained from the rapid success that results becomes a factor in motivating them to ever further achievements.

The activities developed in this volume can either be set up as separate lessons or can be integrated into the existing timetable.

Raising Grades through Study Skills is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 845 3. Order code: T1787emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at

Formats, prices and delivery cost…

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

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