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As the school year is beginning, many elementary music educators are starting their vey first year teaching, or teaching in a new district, or teaching with no other music educators in the building, or needing teaching advice. Whatever the case might be, it is comforting to know that we are not alone. There are many elementary music educator networks out there to find answers. Here are some of my favorite.
Music Teachers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/musicpln/ – This group has over 30,000 members and I love that the url is customized to reflect what the group is all about. This group covers everything music education.
Elementary Music Teachers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481909418563309/ – This group specifically covers the topics that apply to elementary music educators.
I’m a General Music Teacher: https://www.facebook.com/groups/generalmusic/ – This one covers topics that specifically apply to teaching general music at any grade level.
Music Education in the Elementary and Middle Schools – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1702705696503835/
Elementary Music Education Approaches:
American Orff-Schulwerk Association Discussion Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/146906471237/ – You do not need to be teaching with this approach to join this group. As it states in the “About” section: “Members are encouraged to recognize and remain open to varied approaches and to celebrate both our differences and our similarities.”
Organization of American Kodály Educators – https://www.facebook.com/groups/148185548632076/ – A place to network and share with other Kodály-inspired teachers, as well as share news from OAKE.
Feierabend Fundamentals – https://www.facebook.com/groups/feierabendfundamentals/ – This group is for music educators who are using or want more information about Dr. Feierabend’s approach in teaching elementary music.
Musicplay Teachers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MusicplayTeachers/?ref=group_browse_new – This is a wonderful group for music educators using Musicplay or any of Denise Gagne’s materials.
Elementary Music Education Groups with a Focus Area:
Seesaw for Music Teachers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/570559026668381/ – Are you using Seesaw in the music classroom? This is a great group to answer your questions!
Mrs. Miracle’s Chat Room – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1645688615724207/about/ – Aileen has a nice group page to surround you with people who get you. Her list of topics range from Made it Monday, Tech Tip Tuesday, Want it Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, Folk Dance Friday, Story Saturday, and Song Sunday.
Preschool Music Teachers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/551641718290508/ – A group for those who teach PreK music.
edUKEcators in the Elementary Music Classroom – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeachingUkulele/ – This group is for elementary music edUKEators who teach ukulele or are interested in starting a ukulele program in their schools.
Music Education Technology – https://www.facebook.com/groups/musedtech/
As with all of these groups, you can post questions to receive advice, use the search tool to find answers, connect with others in your area, and so much more. It is important to be professional and respectful. Finally, these groups remind me that I am not alone and why I love what I do for a living.
Twitter Feeds and Pinterest
Not a Facebook fan? Check out feeds on Twitter and groups on Pinterest to connect with other music educators. Some of my favorite twitter feeds at #elmused, #edtech, #mused, #musedchat, and #musiceducation.
What are some of your favorite elementary music education groups?
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