Early Childhood Care and Support for NJ’s Infants and Toddlers

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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!



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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