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 three books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including four keynote addresses in TX, IN, St. Maarten, and AU. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

3rd Grade Music Compositions

Here are the third graders' compositions from their STEAM unit. We hope that you enjoy reading about the experience and listening to their original works composed in Noteflight ( and Soundtrap (

STEAM: Music and Science Making Music Together!

This trimester, the third graders experienced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in their music and science classes. In music, they studied how an instrument produces sound, especially percussion, woodwinds, and strings. In science, they explored volume and pitch as they created a woodwind, string, or percussion instrument from recycled materials. 

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Performance: Virtual and Acoustic Ensembles

I am adoring the virtual instrument apps that I have on the iPad for my elementary music classroom. Some of the apps that I am experimenting with or using in my classroom can be found here. In the recording above, my 3rd grade class is singing and performing “Chatter with the Angels” utilizing orff instruments, recorders, voices, and an iPad using an autoharp app plugged into the stereo amp.

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Mrs. Burns's 3rd Grade Music Class: How Technology Enhances Creating, Performing, Assessing, and Connecting Music Across the Curriculum


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