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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 an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. This all-digital program, developed by Pearson in partnership with Alfred Music Publishing, will include lessons, resources, downloadable assets, and interactive musical activities to enhance any music educators' PK-8 general music classroom. In addition, she is the Past-President of Technology for Music Education TI:ME . You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com

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10 Helpful Apps for Elementary Music Educators

| December 17, 2013 | Reply
10 Helpful Apps for Elementary Music Educators

In the past two years, I have presented sessions and written a variety of articles on apps for the elementary music classroom. As I continue this “Top 10″ series of blog posts, I felt that I had to write about 10 helpful apps for elementary music educators. I would not go so far as to […]

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10 Items to Possibly Include in Elementary Music Progress Reports

| November 21, 2013 | Reply
10 Items to Possibly Include in Elementary Music Progress Reports

Day three of a “top ten” series of blog posts for this week. It is that time of year when progress reports for the fall might be due. When an elementary music educator has to write a progress report and fill out a check list for each student in grades Kindergarten and up, you realize […]

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Ten Interactive Websites to Utilize in the Elementary General Music Classroom

| November 20, 2013 | Reply
Ten Interactive Websites to Utilize in the Elementary General Music Classroom

My second top ten list for the week involves interactive websites that an elementary music educator can utilize in his/her general music classroom. Some of these websites can be used by the educator in a one computer classroom, or can be used with multiple computer stations, or a computer lab, or on mobile devices like […]

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Top Ten Items That Go Into Planning an Elementary General Music Holiday Concert

| November 19, 2013 | Reply
Top Ten Items That Go Into Planning an Elementary General Music Holiday Concert

It is that time of year again when some of us are preparing our students for their annual Holiday Concert during their elementary general music classes. The planning for this concert begins in September and proceeds from there with the selection of music, the planning of how to teach the music in a short amount […]

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Working with Multiple iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom

| November 13, 2013 | Reply
Working with Multiple iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom

Recently, I blogged about using the bookcreator app with my third graders so that they could create recorder books for next year’s third graders. The project went very well with the students taking photos of their music, creating sound bites of their songs and inserting them into the book, creating video excerpts of their performances, […]

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Some Elementary Halloween/Fall Musical Activities

| October 31, 2013 | Reply
Some Elementary Halloween/Fall Musical Activities

In where I teach in NJ, we have not celebrated Halloween since 2010 due to Mother Nature. Two years ago, an unexpected snowstorm came through NJ and knocked out power for a few days. Last year, Hurricane Sandy plowed through NJ and the power remained out for almost two weeks. Our Halloween Parades were cancelled, […]

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Recorder Lesson with Book Creator App

| October 21, 2013 | Reply
Recorder Lesson with Book Creator App

This week my third graders began creating a book using the iPads and Red Jumper’s app “Book Creator.” The purpose of this project is for the students to begin creating a book that they will add to all year. They are creating it for next year’s third graders so that they can have it as […]

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