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.

Elementary Teacher workshops


Seesaw in the elementary music classroom: bring your music classroom to your parents' mobile devices

Your elementary music classroom is a place that emphasizes making music, creating music, performing music, and so much more. However, how do you communicate this to your students' parents? In addition, how can the students see their musical progress from the beginning to the end of the year? Seesaw, the student digital learning portfolio, has been a game changer in the elementary music classroom. Amy will show how the free version can be used to showcase the students' musical performances, creations, compositions, curriculum connections, and their musical progression throughout a school year. 

Chromebooks in the elementary Music Classroom:

Technology is becoming more prominent in education. There are examples of teachers being evaluated on their use of technology in the classroom. However, if the children are using a lot of technology at home, how do we find a balance of using technology in the elementary music classroom when our goal is for the students to be making music? Burns will address this question and show numerous ways to integrate Chromebooks into the elementary music classroom, with keeping the "doing music" goal intact. She will show successful examples from her elementary music classroom. In addition, she will show websites, programs, and cloud-based apps that range from free to subscription-based and how to manage a classroom that has 1:1 Chromebooks. Attendees will leave the workshop with ideas and resources to bring back to their classrooms on Monday morning. This session covers it all and is best done in a two-day format. 

iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom:

Participants will utilize numerous apps that range from teacher tools, to a classroom with one iPad, to a 1:1 music classroom. This session covers it all and is best done in a two-day format. 

Lesson plans: elementary general music classroom with ipads

When elementary general music educators are given iPads with little or no training, they need resources to assist them. Amy will show numerous and successful lessons from her classroom as well as excellent resources for integrating iPads into elementary music lessons. Amy focuses on how iPads can be a tool to enhance the current curriculum or approach. 

SMART Board in the Elementary Music Classroom:

Participants will learn the benefits of the SMART Board from the basics of using it as a glorified projector to the advanced of creating lesson manipulatives and using the collaboration tools.

Free Internet Resources for the Elementary Music Educator:

There are numerous free resources that can assist elementary music educators in many ways. From finding free lesson plans to using free tech integration tools, participants will leave this workshop with at least one new resource for their music classrooms. 

Using Technology to Assess in the Elementary Music Classroom:

Technology has made assessment more effective, especially for music educators who teach 100+ students a week. This workshop will give elementary music educators many ways to assess students that vary from one device to multiple devices. 

Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom:

This workshop shows a variety of ways that technology can be integrated into the elementary music classroom to help achieve creating music, performing music, responding to music, and connecting to music. This session also covers successful strategies using iPads, Chromebooks, and a SMART Board in the classroom and how you can integrate them into your current music curriculum or approach. This workshop should be held over two days to be able to comprehend all of the material. 

Integrating Across the Curriculum: Using Technology to Integrate Elementary General Music with Other Subjects

If you have been asked to show how you integrate your elementary music classes with other subjects, this is the workshop for you! Participants will learn how technology can assist with integration while keeping the music curriculum in tact.


Can STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) be incorporated into the elementary music classroom while keeping the music curriculum intact? What resources are available to music educators? Amy will demonstrate STEAM projects from her classrooms and give numerous ideas to incorporate STEAM into the music classroom.

Creating & Composing Music with Younger Elementary Students

Using technology can help very young students create and compose music. Burns will show activities and creations/compositions from her early childhood/elementary music classrooms that vary from limited technology to 1:1 classrooms. She will also discuss how these technological tools already complement creating and composing music through visuals, movement, and performing on instruments.

"Teachnology" in the Elementary Music Classroom

No matter what approach you utilize to teach music in the elementary general music classroom, technology can greatly enhance each approach. Whether you have access to a 1:1 classroom (each student has a device) or you are using your own device to teach in the classroom, Burns will demonstrate how technology can be used to assist students with creating, performing, and making music with various elementary approaches from Dr. Feierabend, Kodály, and Orff Schulwerk.


The new book looks WONDERFUL Amy!! Bravo!!! Amy was a huge inspiration to me! - Daniel Beale

“I know we submit evaluations on our instructors, but I really felt it necessary to take it one step further. Amy Burns was fantastic. She was so kind and patient with those learning some of the technology, was so insightful on teaching with technology, and encouraging!” - CCSU Student

“I feel good! Everything is beginning to come together and I now feel that I’ll be able to implement much of what we have done in the fall.”

“I can’t believe the new level of teaching the information that I’m learning will take me to.”

“Amazing—I am psyched with the info that I have from today. Thank you so much for everything!!!”
A video from a recent music technology workshop I gave in St. Maarten:


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