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Amy M. Burns

Upcoming courses and sessions:

EDUCATION:

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), New Britain, CT, August, 2006.
Masters in Science in Music Education, G.P.A.: 3.9.

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Summers of 2001 – 2004.
15 Post-Graduate credits in Music Education.

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, May, 1995.
Bachelors in Music Education & Music Performance, Cum Laude, G.P.A.: 3.6.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY, Adjunct Music Professor | July 2009-present
  • WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY, Adjunct Music Technology Professor | July 2010
  • Montclair State University, Adjunct Music Technology Professor | August 2008
  • Clinician for SoundTree Summer Workshops | June 2008

Far Hills Country Day School (FHCDS), Far Hills, NJ
Sept. 1997 – Present

*Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Three General Music/Instrument Teacher (1997 – Present)

  • Teaching general music to Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Three using the school’s objectives, Orff-Schulwerk techniques, Kodály techniques, the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Nine Standards, and music technology to develop and author the curriculum
  • Planning, coordinating, rehearsing and conducting the December Holiday concert (Grades Kindergarten through Three), the May Grandparents’ Day Concert (Grades Pre-Kindergarten and Two), and the June Closing Ceremonies (Grades Kindergarten through Three)
  • Coordinating, rehearsing and conducting the music for the Grade Plays and State Fairs (Grades One through Three)
  • Coordinating the Winter and Spring Grades One through Eight Talent Assemblies
  • Planning, coordinating, rehearsing and conducting the Halloween Parade and Song (Grades Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten)
  • Accompanist for Holiday and Grandparents’ Day Concerts, Grade Plays, State Fairs, Talent Assemblies, Halloween Parade and Song, the annual Musical, and the Closing Ceremonies
  • Teaching general music to Pre-Kindergarten through Grades Five (1999-2002)
  • Teaching 5th grade instrument class to all 5th graders (2008-present)

*Founder and Director of the FHCDS Philharmonic (1998 – present)

  • Recruiting students in Grades Four through Eight who play violin, viola, cello, bass, keyboard, percussion, clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, trumpet and trombone
  • Planning and rehearsing the 45-minute rehearsals every Friday afternoon before school
  • Planning and conducting the December and May Performing Arts Assemblies
  • Arranging, planning, rehearsing and conducting smaller ensembles such as the flute and clarinet ensembles
  • Arranging music to fit the performers’ skills
  • Commissioning composer Dr. Scott Watson (http://www.enter.net/~ascott/) to compose “Country Dance” (2004) for the 75th anniversary of FHCDS

 

*Founder and Director of The Conservatory at FHCDS (2002-2004, 2009-2010, 2011-present)

  • Interviewing and hiring private teachers for piano, percussion, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, voice, guitar, and trumpet
  • Creating the criteria and age limits of students
  • Creating invoices in Microsoft Excel and working closely with the Business Office
  • Creating mailings that include the policy information and guidelines in Microsoft Word
  • Coordinating schedules for the students and teachers
  • Arranging available rooms for all of the teachers, which eventually led to the school building five conservatory rooms

*Director of the Junior Falconnaires/Falcon Chorus/Musical Theater Club (2004 – present)

  • Falcon Chorus (Grades Kindergarten and One after school singing group): Responsibilities include conducting, directing, and arranging ensemble music for one concert per year. (2006-present)
  • Falconnaires (Grades Two through Five school singing group): Responsibilities include conducting, directing, and arranging ensemble music for two concerts per year. (2004-2008)
  • Musical Theater Club (Grades Kindergarten through Five singing/acting): Responsibilities include selecting numbers from musicals, staging, choreographing, directing, and producing short musical revues.

*Other responsibilities:

  • Served on the committee to hire an Intermediate School Director (2002-2003)
  • Served on the committee to hire a Grades Six through Eight Music Teacher (2002)
  • Clarinetist, flutist, saxophonist and keyboardist in the pit orchestra for the Grade Eight Musical
  • Digitally recorded selected students in Grades Four through Eight who auditioned for the NJ Honors Choir
  • Served on the committee to judge and select students for NJ Honors Elementary Choir

CLINICIAN/AUTHOR IN-SERVICE DAYS

& WEEK-LONG WORKSHOPS | February 2004 – Present

* Training music teachers & authoring articles/curriculum/books on how to integrate technology into their current classroom situations using their curriculums and the latest music technology.

PRIVATE MUSIC TEACHER | January 1996 – Present

* Private instruction on flute and clarinet, beginners to advanced; private instruction on saxophone, beginners, up to 15 students

CODIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S CHOIR “PRAISELETTES”      September 2011 – 2013

* Teaching and directing students in grades PreK through two to perform music once a month for the congregation at Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham, NJ.

MUSICALLY YOURS, Millburn, NJ
September 1996 – August 1997

* Music Teacher: Duties included traveling to 12 different schools/day cares to teacher the program titled, “Music Preludes,” to children ages 18 months – 7 years old

Certifications:

  • * Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 – Professors Vivian Murray and Debby Szajnberg, instructors
  • * Kodály Level 1 – NYU Summer of 2007
  • * Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Level 1 – Dr. Scott Watson, instructor
  • * Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Level 2 – Professors Don Muro (2A), Lee Bilotta (2B), and Dr. Tom Rudolph (2C), instructors
  • * Temporary NJ Music Certification

Professional AssocIations:

* Member of NJMEA Board of Directors      2013 – present

* Member of TI:ME Board of Directors       2007 – present

* Member of TI:ME National Advisory Board  2007 – present

* Member of TI:ME        2001 – present

* Member of New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA)     1998 – present

* Member of NAfME        1998 – present

* Member of the American Orff –Schulwerk Association (AOSA)      1998 – 1999

* Member of New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)       1994 – 1995

POSITIONS OF LEADERSHIP:

* Early Childhood Music Chair on the NJMEA Board         2013-present

* Past-President of TI:ME     2012 – 2014

* President of TI:ME         2010-present

* President-Elect of TI:ME            2008-2010

* TI:ME Board of Directors/Chair of Grants Committee           2007-2010

* TI:ME Instructor        2006-present

* Secretary/Treasurer of New Jersey Chapter of TI:ME    2006-2008

* Coordinated and directed the Flute Choir for the first-ever NJAIS Arts Day    January 2004

* Selected by FHCDS and participated in the NJAIS Leadership Seminar September           2002-April 2004

AWARDS:

* Awarded the first-ever “TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award” (now

titled “Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award”)                                         February 2005

* Received Academic Award in Graduate Studies from CCSU                             February 2006

* NJ TI:ME Original Composition Awards awarded to 3rd graders at FHCDS          March 2011

* Awarded 2015-2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award                                               February 2016

PUBLICATIONS:

Author:

  • “Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns About the Immigration of the von Trapp Family”  (NJ Tempo, pages 28-30 –

http://issuu.com/njmea/docs/octobertempo2014                                          October 2014

  • Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or More iPads! – a free iBook

for elementary music educators                                                                       August 2014

For elementary music educators                                                                 February 2014

  • “If You Teach Elementary General Music, Which Apps Could You Use to Enhance

You Music Class” (http://ti-me.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2003:if-you-teach-elementary-general-music-which-apps-could-you-use-to-enhance-your-music-class&Itemid=157)                                                                                           August 2013

  • Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. This all-digital program, developed by Pearson in partnership with Alfred Music Publishing, will include lessons, resources, downloadable assets, and interactive musical activities to enhance any music educators’ PK-8 general music classroom. (http://www.onlinelearningexchange.com/content/products/music.html)        2012-2013
  • “Engage Your Students with Today’s Technology” for TMEA’s

“Southwestern Musician”                                                                                August 2012

  • TI:ME Level 1B Curriculum          June 2011
  • Elementary lesson plans for Sibelius Groovy Shapes and Jungle November 2009
  • Elementary Keyboard Lab Curriculum

published by Alfred and SoundTree                                                                         November 2009

  • “Smart Boards” in the Music Classroom” for the Maine Music Educators

Association “The Bulletin” Magazine                                                        Winter of 2009

  • “Integrating Technology into Your Elementary Music Classroom” for

General Music Today published by NAfME                                                                 Fall of 2006

  • “Technology Motivates and Facilitates Optimal Learning for Music

Students in Grades Prekindergarten through Five” for the Resource News

published by SoundTree                                                                              November 2006

  • Lessons plans for utilizing music technology in the elementary music classroom

for SoundTree                                                                               September 20004-present

  • “Lesson Plan: Teaching Tempo” for Music Education Technology published by

Electronic Musician                                                                                   September 2005

  • “Notating “Ode to Joy” for the Issue 3 Summer 2005 Resource News published

by SoundTree                                                                                                      July 2005

  • “Could the Children in the Younger Grades Benefit from Technology?” for the

In My Humble Opinion Section of the TI:ME website, http://www.ti-me.org, and

for the NJMEA “Tempo” Magazine                                                                             April 2005

  • “Kindergarten and Technology: Making Beautiful Music Together” for the

Issue 2 Spring 2004 Resource News published by SoundTree                                May 2004

  • “The Elementary Classroom Comes Alive With The Sound Of Music And Technology…”

for the Spring 2004 the TI:MEs published by TI:ME                                              February 2004

  • Co-Authored “Learning MOTU’s [Mark of the Unicorn] Freestyle Software Sequencer”

with Dr. Scott Watson for TI:ME’s website                                                                August 2002

Author and Editor:

  • Integrating Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom, sponsored

by TI:ME and published by Hal Leonard Publications (lead author)                          January 2008

 

KEYNOTE CLINICIAN:

  • “How Technology is Transforming the Way We Teach in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the MTEC 2014 Conference in Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia    October 2014

 

CLINICIAN:

2015:

  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the Greenwich, CT School District
  • “Free Technology Resources for the Elementary Music Teacher,” at NJMEA Conference in New Brunswick, NJ
  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the Manapalan, NJ School District
  • “Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or More iPads!,” “Free Technology Resources for the Elementary Music Teacher,” “TI:ME Teachers of the Year – The Past 10 Years,” and “Integrating with Integrity in the Elementary Music Classroom” at TMEA/TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio, TX
  • “iPads in the Music Classroom” at Cobb County District, GA

2014:

  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the MEANYC, NYC
  • “Integrating with Integrity” at NJAIS Conference at Liberty Science Cente
  • “iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom” at NJMEA Conference (Winter and Summer), New Brunswick, NJ
  • “iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom”, “Free Technology Resources for the Elementary Music Teacher” and “Using Technology to Assess in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the TMEA/TI:ME National Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the SCMEA, Suffolk County, NY
  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the Wyckoff School District

2013:

  • “Web-based Materials for Elementary and Middle School Music Educators” Baltimore, MD
  • “SMART Boards in the Elementary Music Classroom” workshop in Berlin, CT
  • “Internet Resources for the Elementary Music Educator,” at the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ
  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom” & “iPads in Music Education” at TMEA/TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio, TX

2012:

  • “iPads in the Elementary Specials Classrooms” at the NJAIS Biennial Professional

Development Conference in Tinton Falls, NJ

  • “Internet Resources for the Elementary Music Educator,”

& “iPads in Music Education” at the CMEA National Conference in

Hartford, NJ

  • “Internet Resources for the Elementary Music Educator,”

“SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom” & “iPads in

Music Education” at the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom” & “Integrating

into the Elementary Music Classroom” at the Missouri Music Educators

Association Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri

 2011:

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom” at the American

Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the NJMEA Summer Conference

  • “Elementary General Music: Using Technology to Integrate Music

with Other Subjects,” at the CMEA Conference in Hartford, CT

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, MD

  • “Elementary General Music: Using Technology to Integrate Music

with Other Subjects,” at the OMEA/TI:ME National Conference in

Columbus, OH

  • “Internet Resources for the Elementary Music Educator,”

at the FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL, Key Technology Presenter

  • “Elementary General Music: Using Technology to Integrate Music

with Other Subjects,” at the FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL,

Key Technology Presenter

  • “Podcasting in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL, Key Technology Presenter

 2010:

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the NJMEA Summer Conference

  • “Elementary General Music: Using Technology to Integrate Music

with Other Subjects,” at the NJMEA/TI:ME National Conference in

East Brunswick, NJ

  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom,”

at the FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL, Key Technology Presenter

  • “Podcasting in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL, Key Technology Presenter

 

2009:

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the TI:ME NJ Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

  • “Composition in the Music Classroom”

at the NAfME Music Education Week in Washington DC

  • “SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

  • “Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom,”

at the TI:ME /TMEA Conference in San Antonio, TX

 

2008:

  • “Podcasting in the Elementary Music Classroom”

at the TI:ME NJ Conference at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ

  • “Using Technology as a Tool to Assess in the Elementary Music Classroom ”

at the Summer NYSSMA Conference in Albany, NY

  • “A Groovy Way for Elementary Students to Create Music” at the

NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

  • “Integrating Music into Your Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Classroom,”

at the NJAIS Conference in Lawrenceville, New Jersey

  • “Using Technology to Assess in the Elementary General Music Classroom”

at the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

  • “Technology-Enhanced Elementary General Music Lesson Plans” at the

TI:ME/MMEA conference in Grand Rapids, MI

2007:

  • “Using Technology to Assess in the Elementary General Music Classroom”

at the TI:ME NJ Conference in Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • “Technology-Enhanced Elementary General Music Lesson Plans” at the Summer

NYSSMA Conference in Buffalo, NY

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom” a the NAfME Eastern

Divisional Conference in Hartford, CT

  • “Technology-Enhanced Elementary General Music Lesson Plans” at

the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

 2006:

  • “Technology-Enhanced Elementary General Music Lesson Plans” at the first-ever

TI:ME NJ Conference in Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom” at the National

NAfME Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom” at the PMEA

Conference in Valley Forge, PA

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom” and “Help! My

Elementary Music Students Know More About Technology Than I Do!”

at the TI:ME/FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL

 2005:

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom”

at the MMEA/TI:ME Conference in Boston, MA

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom”

at the NJMEA Conference in East Brunswick, NJ

2004:

  • “Teaching Music with Electronic Keyboards,” at Garnet Valley High School

in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania for a PMEA In-service Day

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-4 Music Classroom,”

at the TI:ME /TMEA Conference in San Antonio, TX

2003:

  • “Integrating Technology into Your K-8 Music Classroom,” at the NJAIS

In-Service Day at Far Hills Country Day School, in Far Hills, NJ

PERFORMANCES AND RECORDINGS:

  • Flutist and clarinetist in the NJ/NY area      1996-present
  • Clarinetist on “Great is Thy Faithfulness!” Ocean Grove Concert CD      2013
  • Instrumentalist on “Meet the Mometers” CD      2001