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This summer, I have the pleasure of teaching at Central Connecticut State University’s Summer Music Institute (SMI). I am always honored to teach a summer course there as it is where I spent many summers earning my Masters of Science in Music Education. SMI is directed by Dr. Carlotta Parr, who many who have earned their degrees know her has an expert in the field of music education, an inspiring counselor, and an amazing teacher.
July 8-12: Elementary Movement and Technology
I am so excited that this summer, Dr. Missy Strong, the President-Elect of the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME), and I are teaching at SMI during the week of July 8-12. Missy is teaching Movement in the Elementary Classroom and I am teaching Chromebooks in the Elementary General Music Classroom.
Movement in the Elementary Classroom
Missy’s course will run in the morning from 8:00-12:30. It will focus on neuroscience and movement with young children. I have seen Missy present twice on neuroscience and early childhood music. She explains it quite well. In addition, she assists music educators with understanding how brain research is important when teaching music to young children.
Chromebooks in the Elementary General Music Classroom
My course will run during the afternoon from 1:15-5:45. My course will focus on how to balance your current elementary music methodology in a 1:1 Chromebook atmosphere. I will show successful examples from my elementary music classroom. I will also help music educators with how to integrate technology effectively into the music classroom while not taking away from actively “doing music”. Whether you utilize Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, or Feierabend approach, this class addresses all three. It also shows how to balance technology with the methodology.
Check out CCSU SMI today at http://web.ccsu.edu/smi/default.asp
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