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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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iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom: Guided Access

| July 28, 2014 | 2 Replies
iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom: Guided Access

There are times when it would be beneficial to turn off features in certain apps, or to block advertisements, or to be able to keep the app you wanted your students to use exclusively open because it will assist in keeping your students focused on the goal of the lesson. This can happen when you […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Some of my favorite virtual instrument apps

| July 25, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Some of my favorite virtual instrument apps

When I first received an iPad for my elementary music room, my immediate reaction was how could I turn this device into an instrument? I felt that it could assist students who had difficulties performing on traditional instruments as well as add depth to our ensembles such as an Orff/virtual instrument ensemble or supplement an […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room: 16 Great Resources

| July 22, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary Music Room: 16 Great Resources

As I teach and write about iPad integration in the elementary music classroom, I often research numerous websites from music educators and music professors who share their work. I have listed some of my favorites below; however, there are more out there that are just as good. I hope you find this list helpful.   Information […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Apps used by Elementary Music Teachers

| July 18, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Apps used by Elementary Music Teachers

Today, the elementary music educators in my class ended the course by teaching a lesson that utilized the iPad. These lessons were wonderful! They were planned and taught well. I was very proud of all of their diligent work. Here are the apps that were used in the lessons today: Ratatap Drums – This app […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Notation, Ear Training, Recorders and Keyboards Apps

| July 18, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Notation, Ear Training, Recorders and Keyboards Apps

Today’s class focused on apps that enhanced notation, ear training, recorders, and keyboards. The notation apps are beginning to take off on mobile devices and we explored three of them: Symphony: We started off with exploring the Symphony App, which is an iPhone app for $4.99. The reason I chose this app instead of Symphony Pro […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Creation Apps

| July 17, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary  Music Room: Creation Apps

In today’s class, we explored many music apps that create, record, and loop, such as Loopy HD (they did a great job recreating Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel’s performance of The Lion Sleeps Tonight), GarageBand, Wavepad, Old Mac HD (where they could record their voices into the app singing the song), and more. In addition, we […]

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iPads in the Elementary Music Room – Creating Music, Reading Notes and Rhythms, and Virtual/Acoustic Ensembles

| July 16, 2014 | Reply
iPads in the Elementary Music Room – Creating Music, Reading Notes and Rhythms, and Virtual/Acoustic Ensembles

Today was our course’s “long day.” This meant that we had our usual morning class time of 8:00-12:30; however, we also had our nighttime class from 7:00-9:30. I felt for the participants today as I went through the same course load when I worked on my Masters at CCSU and it can be an exhausting day. […]

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