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 3 books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including 3 keynote addresses in TX, IN, and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, NJ Master Music Teacher, Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 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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