Amy M. Burns

Elementary Music Technology and Integration

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for 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 2 keynote addresses in TX and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, NJ Master Music Teacher, & Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Awards.

Assessment: 4th Grade Bach Study

After studying the music of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), which included many British melodies being written into American patriotic music and a couple of dances from the era, the students traveled further back in history to the time of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The students studied his childhood through books such as Bach by Ann Rachlin and Bach by Michael Venezia, and experienced his music and adulthood through the movie, Bach's Fight for Freedom. The movie showed the part of his life where he was imprisoned when he chose to play his own music instead of only playing the hymns that the Duke wanted him to play. The students showed their knowledge of the subject by answering questions and creating a circle content map about his life. All of this culminated into the fourth graders creating movie trailers about Bach's life using iMovie. In these trailers, some groups chose to focus on one portion of his life, while others chose to focus on his entire life. The trailers also show the fourth graders' amazing creativity. There are trailers which had two purposes: to show you Bach's life as well as to want you to come and see the actual movie that the trailer was used to promote. We ended with a viewing of each trailer. I would tell them three things: "I like..." I wish..." and "I wonder...". The "I wonder" was usually, "I wonder what you would have created if you had a little more time." I hope that you enjoy these extremely creative trailers. They will be displayed on Seesaw by the end of the week. I am very proud of the students! iMovie. In these trailers, some groups chose to focus on one portion of his life, while others chose to focus on his entire life. The trailers also show the fourth graders' amazing creativity. There are trailers which had two purposes: to show you Bach's life as well as to want you to come and see the actual movie that the trailer was used to promote. We ended with a viewing of each trailer. I would tell them three things: "I like..." I wish..." and "I wonder...". The "I wonder" was usually, "I wonder what you would have created if you had a little more time." Here are two examples of my fourth graders' works. I hope that you enjoy them. I am very proud of my students! 

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