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During our class today at CCSU, we explored many music creation apps. Some of our favorites were GarageBand, Monkey Drum, Moozart, and Soundtrap. GarageBand’s features of using loops to create a song in a specified form to record music and using virtual instruments from its app and other apps, made it a favorite. Monkey Drum can assist the students with creating and performing music. Moozart is a younger elementary-friendly way to notate music on the staff. Soundtrap is surreal. It is like google docs and garageband combined. You can use it on the computer or a mobile device, you can use loops to create music, you can record your own music, you can work with it in the cloud, and you can collaborate with other musicians in other places in the country and the world to create music. Soundtrap also has an educational plan so that if you decide to use it in your classroom, you students’ accounts would stay safe.
Our evening class consisted of a wonderful jamhub presentation by Dan Beal, an elementary music teacher in Lawrenceville, NJ. His enthusiasm for teaching and his knowledge of using technology to bring out each student’s inner musician, was infectious. We then ended the class by performing Help! by the Beatles using instruments and iPads in the clas sroom.
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