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As I completed two more concerts this past Friday, I reminded myself that it was time to update my pinterest page and add a new board titled “Music from 2012-2013 Concerts.”
In 2011, Pinterest became a hot social media network with TIME magazine listing it as one of their “50 Best Websites of 2011.” People were using it from sharing recipes, to showing do-it-yourself projects, to sharing travel ideas, to sharing party ideas, to so much more. Pinterst has been compared to “scrapbooking” because it reminds one of cutting out items from a magazine and pasting them into a scrapbook. It has also been compared to tacking items of interest up on a bulletin board or even post-it notes. As people shared links, ideas, pictures, and descriptions, others “re-pinned” those ideas and soon, numerous people knew of and shared your boards and pins. At one time you had to be invited to join Pinterest, but now anyone can join and login using a facebook, twitter, or email account.
Go to http://pinterest.com and click Join Pinterest. Once you sign in, use the search tool to find items such as “SMART Board music lessons” or “Elementary Music Bulletin Boards” or “Music Education.” The listings are endless and you will spend more time than you ever thought possible researching other people’s great boards and pins.
To start your own board, click on the “Create a board” square. Then name your board, add a description, choose a category to label the board, and finally decide whether it will be a “Secret” board or not. (A secret board is only visible to you and to anyone you invite to it.)
You can pin picture files such as jpg, png, and gif. You can pin video files such as Youtube, vimeo, and TED. You can pin within your Pinterest page and you can pin by clicking “pin it” buttons that are located on other websites. You can repin any pin you’ve found on Pinterest to your own boards.
Pinterest and Music Education
Pinterest became popular with educators because it was a wonderful way to share ideas using links, pictures and information. Perform a search for music education on Pinterest, and you will have an endless list. However, perform a more detailed search and you will find some great resources. Some examples of some wonderful Pinterest pages for elementary music educators are:
Midnight Music – http://pinterest.com/katiewardrobe/
“Midnight Music’s director Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers through workshops and online courses.” Her Pinterest page includes ideas about apps, websites, scoring resources, music quotes, interactive whiteboards and more. Check this out. You will end up visiting it a lot.
Tracy King – http://pinterest.com/thequeentracy/
“Teacher, mom, preacher’s wife, self-proclaimed comedian, blog stalker and sock finder…but not really good at any of that!” If you know http://musicbulletinboards.net/, then you know the great resources Tracy provides. You will find many wonderful pictures of music bulletin boards that you can easily implement on your own bulletin board.
Elem. Music Classroom Ideas – http://pinterest.com/pisanojm/elem-music-classroom-ideas/
“This is a board containing pictures of and from Music Education Classrooms from around the world – Posted by Music & Arts Educators Around the world!” Our own Joe Pisano began this Pinterest board so music educators could “virtually visit” each others’ classrooms and see how they set them up.
Marim Scott’s Music Classroom and Teaching Ideas – http://pinterest.com/marimscott/music-classroom-and-teaching-ideas/
This board gives ideas from interactive whiteboards ideas to music classroom management ideas to music recorder ideas.
Cyndy McAtee – http://pinterest.com/fortemac/
“Music Teacher at North Daviess Elementary, in Indiana (K-6) for 33 years.” Wonderful resource as Cyndy has numerous boards that vary from music apps, to classroom management ideas, to music composers, to music books, to instruments, to boomwhackers, to so much more.
Ann Brandner Westenberg – http://pinterest.com/musicmom0423/
“……and I think to myself ~ what a wonderful world!” Ann has created many boards that involve music books, games, videos, instruments, and ideas for a music substitute.
“Music Specialist to ages 2 to 32. (preschool to university)…lots of music, singing, dancing and Graduate school newly COMPLETED… with Pinterest for freetime.. thrown in for fun!” De covers everything from Orff ideas, to music technology, to music teacher blogs.
Music, Kodaly, and More – http://pinterest.com/paigeinplano/music-kodaly-and-more/
Giving you some Kodaly-based music ideas and more.
Orff Ideas: http://pinterest.com/trudybledsoe/orff/
Videos from an Orff-based music classroom.
Music: Movement & Dalcroze – http://pinterest.com/owenskari/music-movement-dalcroze/
Kari lists some great resources for music and movement.
These are some great examples of what is out there for elementary music educators. There are so many more Pinterest boards out there. If you have not joined, it can be another amazing resource. If you have joined, perform a search for something you might need ideas for to implement in your classroom. Or, create more boards and share some of the exciting ideas you are utilizing in your classroom with other music educators.
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