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.

1st Grade Composition: Science and Rhythms

The first graders had two geckos in their science class named Fred and Thunder. When they came to music, they created a thinking map (a tree map) that showed the traits of each gecko. The students then chose the rhythms that matched the way that they said the traits. Finally, they placed the rhythms in 2/4 meter patterns and performed them on classroom instruments as the Chameleon accompaniment track to keep the students on beat (


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