The countdown to 2020 begins and as with the countdowns to 2018 and 2019, I am featuring a list of 10 #musedtech items that can benefit elementary general music educators. This list will finish on 1/1/20 and then be followed by a webinar demonstrating the ten websites in action. These websites will be divided into resources, tools, lesson plans, music creating, music making, organizational sites, and more. Though I wish I could mention them all, I hope that you find this list thorough. Finally, as I always state in my webinars, sessions, articles, and books, look at this list as a dessert buffet. Try a little chocolate here and a little cake there. Do not eat the entire dessert or you will feel ill.
#10: Lesson Plans
We all know and benefit from the website Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) as there are a plethora of lessons, ideal, manipulatives, and more available for a small cost. These lessons are created and tested by educators. Ones who are in the trenches everyday and know how to create a lesson that is guaranteed to work well in a classroom.
However, there are also other sites that are as beneficial. Share My Lesson may not have as thorough of a database, but they have free lessons written by educators for educators.
The Smithsonian Folk Ways also has lesson plans where one can browse the map to find world music curricular experiences from Smithsonian Folkways’ Network of Music Educators. All lessons can be downloaded in PDF format.
The Carnegie Hall Music Educators Toolbox is another great resource for free lesson plans. As written on their website, “set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.”
#9 Tech Resources
Three of the best resources for #edtech are Richard Byrnes’s website, “Free Technology for Teachers” Katie Wardrobe’s website, Midnight Music, and the Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) website. Richard has an amazing amount of free edtech resources for any educator. I love that you can type into the search tool for any type of music technology and you would search his database that goes back 12 years. Richard puts his heart and soul into his work. I adore reading his posts and newsletters. I learn a great deal from him and am thankful for this wonderful, free resource.
Katie is based in Australia and is brilliant when it comes to music technology. I have known her for years and she always amazes me to how well she knows #mustech and #edtech and how wonderfully she can showcase and teach it to music educators. Her website has numerous free resources, lessons, ideas, and webinars. There is also a paid subscription where the user can have access to all lessons, webinars, tutorials, and so much more.
TI:ME was established in 1995 for the purpose of assisting music educators with music technology. This mostly contained learning how to record and use notation software. In the past 25 years, TI:ME has kept their mission intact of assisting music educators with integrating technology into their classrooms. They have numerous experts and a variety of resources set up through their organization.
Come back tomorrow for numbers #8 and #7 of the “2020 Countdown: 10 Websites for the Elementary General Music Class”.
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