Blog Review: Cleaning…That Time of the Year…

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It is that time of year. It is the time of year when I see elementary music educators posting amazing photos of their classrooms. The time of year when we are posting to each other questions about curriculum, how to store boomwhackers and ukuleles, compare schedules, ask about classroom management, favorite teaching tools, and so much more!

It is the time of year when we giggle at these types of memes:











And when we need great reminders from this great man, Gerry Brooks:

Cleaning the Orff Instruments:

For me, it is that time of year that I need to clean the instruments. For my Orff instruments, I have cleaned them in various ways over the past years. However, when I came across Amy’s blog, Treble in the Classroom, I decided to try out her method. I was very pleased with the results. I will not even show you my before pictures, but they were similar to Amy’s dust bunny pictures. My Orff instruments look beautiful! I posted Amy’s site last year, but it needs to be posted again as her method of cleaning Orff instruments is perfect!

You can find Amy’s blog here. The pictures are worth a thousand words in this particular post. Thank you Amy!




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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: