Amy M. Burns

Elementary Music Technology and Integration

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored 3 books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including 3 keynote addresses in TX, IN, and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, NJ Master Music Teacher, Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

Create: 2nd Grade Compose Melodies and Create Accompaniments

The second graders have become composers during the winter trimester! They have been reading and performing notes on the treble clef staff. They used that knowledge to compose a four-measure melody using the notes C D E G and A, along with quarter and half notes. During the first round, they composed the melody shown above with the assistance of the cloud-based notation software, Noteflight. During the second round, they are using Soundation4Education or Soundtrap (both cloud-based music programs) to create an accompaniment to go along with their melodies. In the second round, the second graders will explain the process of creating their accompaniments for their melodies.

Here are some examples from my students. We hope that you enjoy their songs!


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