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.

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. This was recorded using the GarageBand app on an iPad. The microphone is the iPad's internal microphone.

Since this post, I have acquired five iPads, a Samson Expedition XP308i, and have tested numerous virtual instrument apps. I like the virtual instrument apps because they can supplement for instruments I do not own (an autoharp, timpani, Djembes, etc.) and they can help students who have difficulties performing on instruments due to fine motor skills and such, feel successful in music class. 


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