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Heading to NAfME Conference in Nashville, TN: Empower Creativity

Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 8.09.47 AMI am so happy to have the opportunity to present at this year’s NAfME’s conference with my good friend and colleague: Science Educator Jen Wagar. Jen and I will be presenting on a unit that we have now collaborated on for the past two years: STEM to STEAM.

In 2013, Jen took a workshop where the focus was STEAM. She came back from the workshop and presented her findings to the teaching faculty at Far Hills Country Day School. After listening to her speak about STEAM with the focus on creativity in real-world problems, I was inspired. We sat down and discussed a music and science unit where we could collaborate and our direction would be in terms of creativity while keeping our subjects’ standards intact. Though we had to problem-solve through numerous issues that arose during the unit, we feel that we have created a successful unit where the students are experiencing, learning, and using engineering skills, design skills, composition skills, reading music skills, performance skills, and so much more. If you are attending the NAfME conference, please come and see our session at 3:30 on Sunday. We hope to see you there!

A handout can be found on my website:



Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award. TI:ME . You can find out more about Amy at her website:
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