Engage Your Elementary Music Students with Today’s Technology

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I had the pleasure to author an article for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) August’s issue of Southwestern Musician Online. My article titled Engage Your Music Students with Today’s Technology addresses how to enhance your elementary music classroom with technology for a one computer classroom, to a music classroom with an interactive whiteboard, to a music classroom that has access to iPads. An excerpt from this article:

When I present on various ways to integrate technology into the current elementary music curriculum, I am often presented with the concern that since most elementary students have access to technology at home, why would we use it in the music classroom? One reason that I utilize technology as a one of my teaching tools is because my students can greatly relate to it. We are now teaching students who have always played with an iPod or knew of someone who has an iPod. Students have no fear of technology and schools are adopting the “21st Century Classroom,” and are adopting more tools such as iPads and interactive whiteboards and such philosophies as the flipped classroom.

This article features numerous resourceful links, ideas and strategies to utilizing technology in the elementary music classroom. Please take a read at this link and go to page 38.

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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: amymburns.com