Recently, I was interviewed by Dr. Steve Adubato for his One-to-One segment and his panel discussion on Caucus NJ about the importance of the arts in education in NJ. A part of the one-to-one segment involved me discussing how important it is for children to be exposed to music during the 0-3 years.
For the past three years, I have been holding a free, once a month, Caregiver and Me Music Program for ages 0-3 at the school I teach to give back to the community that I grew up. The program is based on Dr. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers. I was inspired to learn more about this program and to come certified in it when I met Dr. Missy Strong a few years’ back. Her research in early childhood music and neuroscience has inspired me greatly and I thank her greatly for everything she contributes to music education.
Though the One-to-One and Caucus NJ segments have not aired yet on PBS, this segment with various childhood experts speaking about the benefits of childcare for ages 0-3 did. I am honored to be included on this segment (at the 3:00 mark), especially as a music educator speaking on the importance of music in early childhood.
If you are finishing up teaching this week before the holidays, I am right there with you and wish you much energy, happiness, health, and joy!
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