Learning Empathy Through the Arts in the Elementary Grades

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Recently, the art teacher at Far Hills Country Day School, Kathryn Brower, and I wrote an article for Independent Teacher, a publication by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS), titled “Learning Empathy Through the Arts in the Elementary Grades.” This article focuses on how students can seek understanding of their world through empathy if we give them a context they can relate to, like art and music, through which they have the freedom to explore all their questions. Check out the article here.

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Learning Empathy Through the Arts in the Elementary Grades

In recent years, there have been numerous articles suggesting that empathy needs to be taught in schools. There are many reasons why incorporating empathy into the school curriculum benefits students. These reasons range from strengthening your classroom community to developing your students’ leadership skills so they may use them in their future community.


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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: amymburns.com