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.

PreK Unit: Carnival of the Animals

In the spring, the PreK music classes prepare for a Grandparents’ Day Concert. This concert will feature a cross-curricular theme such as songs about numbers, or books, or around the world. Once the concert is completed, I introduce Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. To experience this great piece of music, the students move as each animal, sometimes using props such as scarves and ribbon scarves, or instruments such as rhythm sticks. To further the study, we utilize the app, The Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals ( for $3.99), and the students will watch, listen, and interact with the app as they color pictures from the piece of music. The app has some wonderful interactions from connecting the dots to create a lion, to watching the orchestra perform each piece, to seeing the cartoon birds land on the instrumentalists, to watching the tortoise spin on his shell as he watches the orchestra. The coloring book and story pictures are a free printable download from The Wise Owl Factory and can be found here:


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