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It was great to visit the New York State School of Music Association (NYSSMA) winter conference in Rochester, NY. I arrived very late Friday night. I woke up early to present two sessions about integrating technology into the elementary music classroom.
The conference is a great one and I love coming back to it annually. I am an alum of Ithaca College and our clarinet choir traveled to NYSSMA way back in the 90s. When I go to NYSSMA, it is wonderful to catch up with people and to network with numerous music educators who are doing great things in their schools.
During my presentations, I tell the participants that I will give them a “dessert buffet” of ideas. This means that they can take one idea from the presentation because eating everything in the buffet would be too much to handle. I try to reach everyone in the room and show numerous and effective ideas and ways to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom while keeping the music curriculum in tact.
To see the materials from my two sessions, please visit http://amymburns.com/resources/.
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