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.

Kindergarten: Reading Sight Words in Music Class

At the end of the school year, the Kindergarten have a special ceremony where they display their research on one of their favorite topics. When my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, she chose to research mice. At this ceremony, each kindergartner speaks about their topic and receive a certificate of excellence. Following the ceremony, the kindergartners will sing two moving up songs. When I prepare, present, and practice the song, we incorporate their newly formed reading skills by having the students identify sight words and repetitive words. This also helps the students memorize the songs well.

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