Morning Class: Digital Audio
Today, we utilized Audacity and GarageBand in our morning class. We used Audacity to remove vocals from a pop song, we slowed the tempo and changed the key of a recorder song, and we created a medley. We also went over how to export the file and import it into iTunes to be able to burn it onto a CD. In GarageBand we experimented how to create music with loops and recording an audio track. I displayed many of my students’ composition/GarageBand works found on my website and showed how I was using GarageBand to assist with preparation for our concerts.
Evening Class: SMART Boards
During our evening class, we learned and experimented with the basics of the SMART Board and then went on to see the advanced aspects of it. We ended this with sorting through a variety of free SMART Board lessons for music educators written by music educators.
The class is doing a wonderful job absorbing all of this technology and asking great questions about applications of tech in the music class and the philosophy of tech in education. I am excited to see how tomorrow plays out as we experiment with a variety of iPad apps and create a basic wikispace page that many could use in their classrooms this coming school year.
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