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On Thursday, we explored a variety of curriculum, methodologies, and philosophies for elementary music educators and showed how technology can be integrated into them. Through composition, assessments, students’ musical creations, and more, it was great to see and experience how technology can be integrated into any elementary music curriculum.
We also explored the first revisions of the new NCCAS standards. The reactions from the music educators were very mixed. There was a consensus that the standards are student-centric beginning at grade one and we questioned whether this was appropriate as all of us agreed that we guide their musical activities all throughout the elementary years. There were also a lot of questions about how the standards would correlate with the core assessments many states are requiring their elementary music educators to perform. The final consensus was that this first revision of the standards is just that: a revision that needs more work and a lot more information. Hopefully, by participating in the review on the website, the writers will take notice of all of the questions and suggestions that numerous music educators are feeling they need to make to improve this very basic and very vague first revision.
Catie did a great job showing the benefits of Quaver Music in the elementary music classroom. I had only experienced quaver through their website, which offers some excellent activities to enhance any music curriculum. Catie showed the advantages of owning the series and how it can supplement any curriculum.
We worked more on our final project and we ended with experiencing noteflight.com and how it can be utilized by elementary students. Our final class is tomorrow where we will look at technology with Silver Burdett’s newest curriculum, review items from the week, speak about copyright and how that affects our students, and we will present our final projects.
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