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During our third day of class, we explored apps for creating music and assessing performance. Some of our favorite apps were Loopy, Book Creator, and Aurasma. With Loopy, we were able to create music by recording our own loops and making music with those loops. With Book Creator, we were able to create ebooks and experience how we could have our students create ebooks for musical assessments. Finally, with Aurasma, we explored how to bring a music lesson to the next level. We could set up items in our classroom that the students could bring to life with Aurasma. Or have the students create auras for composers, where the composers’ pictures are the “trigger” items that reveal a video of the composers’ music.
These three apps can be used to enhance a music classroom in creating music, making music, and assessing musical concepts and skills. As we explore numerous apps this week, we are reminded that technology is a tool, and not a learning outcome. Is technology can assist in assisting the students with performing, making, composing, or creating music, then it is worthwhile to utilize that technological tool.
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