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.

Performance: Performing their first melody on sol and mi

These are two examples of my kindergarten classes performing their first melody on the Orff instruments. The melody comes from an old series of music curriculum, but any sol mi song would do. We were learning, “Spring is here. Spring is here. Birds and flowers now appear.” Once they mastered the melody by singing, using body signals (head for sol and shoulders for mi), using hand signals, and moving to the pitches, we then learned to perform it on the Orff instruments. Once they were successful, I took one student who has a very good steady beat, and had him/her perform the steady beat on the contrabass bars. Finally, I used GarageBand and a snowball USB microphone to record them. Any recording app on a mobile device, tablet, or laptop would have worked as well.

I am very proud of my kindies!


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