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I am so excited to be heading to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference this week! TMEA is also the national conference for the Technology for Music Education (TI:ME). TMEA/TI:ME attract over 25,000 music educators to their conference, as well as the gurus of elementary music approaches like Dr. Feierabend, the author of the First Steps and Conversational Solfege curriculum, Dr. Missy Strong’s sessions on neuroscience and movement, David Row on learning centers, and Tracy King, The Music Bulletin Board Lady. TMEA will also host The Piano Guys, which is so exciting.
TI:ME Technology Preconference
Wednesday, February 13, is the TI:ME Preconference Day. This day is filled with numerous workshops and sessions that involve how to integrate technology into your classroom and how to use sound equipment from the gurus of edtech.
I will be presenting a session titled, “Teachnology in the Elementary Music Classroom” at 1:45-2:45 in Grand Hyatt Crockett C-D. “Teachnology” is not a typo. Though technology is integrated into the classroom, how you teach is the center of how the students learn. Hence, teachnology. This session gives ideas on how to integrate technology into the approach that you are using to teach elementary general music. This approach can vary from Kodály, Orff-Schulwerk, Dr. Feierabend, and more.
TMEA Conference 2/14-2/16
The TMEA conference begins on 2/14. I will be presenting “Bringing Your Classroom to Your Parents’ Mobile Devices” at Grand Hyatt Republic B from 2:30-3:30. This session will focus on how to utilize Seesaw in the elementary music classroom. Cherie Herring, my good friend and guru of elementary music edtech, was scheduled to present with me. Unfortunately, she will not be able to make it. However, I have excerpts from my and her classrooms, so if you were hoping to see her, I will make it feel like she is there in spirit.
The sessions included at TMEA have always inspired and rejuvenated me. I cannot wait to see Dr. Missy Strong speak about neuroscience and early music education, Tracy King speak about music making in the elementary music classroom, Dr. Feierabend speak about using classical music and early vocal techniques, the Piano Guys perform, and so much more.
If you are at TMEA this year, please stop by and say “hi!”
If you cannot make it, check my website, amymburns.com, for my handouts.
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