MTEC 2014 Day 1

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MTEC 2014 is off to a wonderful start. Today’s keynote address was given by Andrew Douch, an award-winning Australian science teacher who is now a full-time education consultant and keynote speaker. Andrew’s keynote address titled “What Teachers Can Learn from the Music Industry,” reminded us all in the auditorium that we need to evaluate how we use time in our classrooms. He showed examples of podcasts from his science classroom that assisted students in learning and promoting a better understanding of the concepts being taught than when they were taught in a lecture-style. He stressed that in this age of technology, teachers bring guidance, relationships, wisdom, and passion as the important elements in their classrooms. He finished by stating that this is the first generation that we, ordinary people, can produce and publish information and with that, we can teach more effectively in our classrooms. It was a powerful presentation and message.

The day continued with four more sessions that were separated by morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. I presented two sessions. One session was about free resources for the elementary music educator that included examples of where to find teachers’ curriculum, free lessons, recording software, how to make safe links for youtube videos (with no comments or ads), and more. The other session was about iPads in the elementary music classroom. This was a nice, intimate session, so we discussed set up, apps, games, and lessons for the iPad.

I also went MusicFirst’s primary school workshop and saw cloud-based software, such as Delta Music and For Instruments, which would work well in a music classroom for music history and for mixing and listening to instruments and instrument ensembles.

Tomorrow morning, I will begin my day by presenting the second keynote address titled “How Technology is Transforming the Way We Teach in the Elementary Classroom.” To follow along with the tweets, use the hashtag #mtec2014





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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:

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