Summer Music Course for PreK-8 General Music Educators

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Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 9.28.03 PMCentral Connecticut State University (CCSU) has a Summer Music Institute (SMI) open to all music educators. They offer courses in choral, instrumental, general music, and technology. You can take these courses for credits towards a Masters of Science in Music Education from CCSU, or towards the +30 credits on top of a Masters, or as I started at CCSU, as a way of professional development. CCSU SMI has been offering excellent courses to music educators with exceptional faculty for over thirty years.

I have had the privilege to teach at CCSU SMI since 2009. I have taught such courses as Integrating Technology into the Elementary Music Classroom (2009, 2010, 2013), SMART Boards Novice and Advance Levels (2011, 2012), and iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom (2014, 2015). This year, I am teaching a course titled, How to Integrate Across the Curriculum with Integrity and Technology: A Course for PreK through Grade 8 General Music Teachers.  This course will cover topics such as:

-STEM to STEAM projects that correlate with science and social studies
-Project- or problem-based learning (PbL) activities from Amy’s music classes and social studies classes
-Units on empathy, social-emotional learning (SEL), and integration
-Integration activities across a variety of grade levels that correlate with the science, math, writing, reading, and more

The course is offered at CCSU during the week of June 27-July 1. To read the course description, register, look over the FAQ, and to read about other courses such as African drumming or ukeleles, click here. This is a wonderful opportunity to earn credits, earn professional development, network in person with other music educators, and to meet professors who are leaders in the field of music education. I hope that you will consider joining me at CCSU this summer.


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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: