During the winter trimester, my second grade music classes studied the composer, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). They performed a variety of activities to learn about the life of Beethoven and to experience his music. When the unit ends, the students and I created podcasts about Beethoven’s life. The students were divided into groups, they wrote facts that they learned about Beethoven, and they chose a picture and music to accompany their facts. Each student read his/her facts as I recorded them using GarageBand and a snowball microphone. Later in the day, I exported the podcast and uploaded it to the school website.
The students thoroughly enjoyed this project. It incorporated listening to and learning about Beethoven’s life and music and reading, writing, and presentation skills. The results were wonderful and something that can be created and shared easily on a music webpage.
To views this year’s Beethoven podcasts, please click here.
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