Great Day at TMEA/TI:ME Preconference Day!

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IMG_1424The TI:ME preconference day at TMEA was a wonderful success. TI:ME offered fabulous tech sessions ranging from focusing on integration to focusing on software and gear.


There were numerous sessions to choose from with excellent presenters. Whatever you chose to go to, you knew that it would be great.

Dr. Missy Strong and I presented Using Technology with the Feierabend Approach to a packed room. This is the first time I ever presented with Missy and I adored every moment of it! She began the session by giving her experience to how she started using Dr. Feierabend’s First Steps (FS) and Conversational Solfege (CS). She then explained the concepts and processes of both approaches. She showed wonderful examples and made sure that we got up to perform a “Move It”. I then showed how to use technology for assessment (from one device to a 1:1 classroom) using Plickers, Socrative, and iDoceo. I also showed how to use technology to create digital student learning journals using Seesaw that can communicate your program and approach to parents.

I was so honored to present with Missy and I hope that she and I will present again in the future. Our handout can be found here. Special thanks to Cherie Herring for taking video of the session so I can offer it as a webinar for NJMEA music educators for PD credit.

Other excellent sessions I attended were the famous Graham from Quaver Music (yes, the Graham-it was so much fun), Radio Cremata’s session (who is here with his beautiful mom who had a birthday yesterday), and the amazing Cherie Herring who showed us how to use a green screen for great PBL projects like the study of state musicians.


There are so many excellent sessions today that it is challenging to keep up with it all. Peter Amidon has a dancing session. There is a great session that includes movement for Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon, and Kodály. The opening session includes Bob Morrison, Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research. Basically, when you attend TMEA, you know you are in for a good day!

I am presenting Creating & Composing with Younger Elementary at 2:30 in 212 today. Please come join me for a session of using tech to assist in interactive music making no matter what approach or curriculum you use!



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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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