TMEA: Creating, Composing, and Moving to Music!

Day number two for me at TMEA was a fantastic one! It involved sessions, exhibits, and more! IMG_1429

Snow Day

My day began with facetiming into NJ to see my girls and husband stuck inside during a snowstorm. Our school had a snow day, which meant that our school snow day video was released. I truly do work with some of the best colleagues and my Head of School is wonderful. We recorded this last summer and they rocked this arrangement!

Creating and Composing with Young Elementary Students


Photo courtesy of Missy Strong

I tweaked the finishing touches on my presentation and headed to the room 212. I had bottle water and several throat drops on hand in hopes that my bad cold would not require me to hack throughout the session. I also had good friend and elementary music tech expert, Cherie Herring, on hand to promote her sessions if I had to stop and hack. Luckily, my voice held and I loved the music educators in my session. They were amazing and enjoyed the numerous examples of composition and music creativity I displayed from my music classroom at Far Hills Country Day School. If you missed the handout, please feel free to go to my website,

Moving to Music

TMEA had the Amidons! Yes, the Amidons were here! I get so starstruck at TMEA. First, bringing Dr. Missy Strong to TMEA to present with me on Wednesday, left me in awe of her talent! Second, seeing Graham from Quaver at the TI:ME preconference day. Anew now, I get to dance and move at a session hosted by The Amidons. Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who for the past twenty years have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling. They are so popular that their session was full. However, if you missed it, they provide their handout on the front page of their website:

Exhibits IMG_1432

TMEA has one of the biggest exhibit halls for music educators. One could spend the entire day just looking, trying out, and shopping for music education materials. I visited several booths from Silver Burdett, Oxford, MusicFirst, and GIA. I will visit many more today. There are great materials out there and this conference gives you the opportunity to explore and ask questions. IMG_1431

I was thrilled when Missy showed me a new book that combines Feierabend’s First Steps with the Orff Approach. The authors on this publication are experts in the Orff Approach. I love that they put this idea into a wonderful book! I look forward to using this book in my classroom.


Today, Cherie Herring and I will be presenting STEAM in the Elementary Music Classroom at 11:30 in Rm 212. Please join us! The handouts are available on my website,



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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, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: