Summer PD: Music Technology

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It is that time of year when music educators are looking for summer professional development to give them new ideas to use in their classroom or to perfect a method that they are using. For music technology, one of the best summer PD opportunities I have experienced is at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Summer Music Institute.

Summer PD: Music Technology

I earned my Masters of Science in Music Education at CCSU. During the summers, I would go  to Connecticut and take core and elective courses. I loved all of the courses that I took there because the professors were amazing. I also loved learning about technology integration from the variety of great professors. When I completed my degree, I continued to utilize technology in the elementary classroom. I eventually wrote three books on the topic because of how those courses inspired me. In addition, one does not need to be enrolled in the graduate degree to take the summer courses. This is a great benefit for PD.

In the summer of 2009, I was honored to be invited to teach at CCSU’s Summer Music institute. This institute offers classes in technology, methodologies, instrumental studies, and more. To check out the classes, see below. Please join Shawna Longo, the NJ music educator and whiz at STEAM in the music classroom, and me, teaching assessment with technology, during the week of July 9-13.

We hope to see you there!

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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: