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.

Project Based Learning: 2nd Graders Learn about Empathy and Immigration in Music Class

In the spring, the 2nd graders accomplished numerous national music standards along with successfully completing a project-based learning project with 2nd grade social studies. The essential question was “What was it like to immigrate to America as a child?” In music class, we answered that by studying the life of the Von Trapp family, the music from the movie The Sound of Music, and how the movie varies greatly from their actual life events.

The movie above shows a culmination of the project. 

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 1)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the
Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 1)

We presented this at our festival in May.

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 2)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the
Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 2)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 3)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the
Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 3)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 4)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the
Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 4)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 4)

Project-Based Learning (PbL): 2nd Grade Learns about the
Immigration of the von Trapp Family (page 4)

Link to article on New Jersey Music Education Association’s (NJMEA) website (flash required)

Link to article on New Jersey Music Education Association’s (NJMEA) website (flash required)

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