Question 1:

    1. What is your goal for this class?
    2. Which software or website would you be able to integrate into your music classroom this fall?

About Music Educator, Clinician, Author

Amy M. Burns holds a Bachelor of Music in both Education and Performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Science in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), with her capstone research project focusing on composition with music technology at the second grade level. She also holds TI:ME levels 1 and 2 certification as well as Orff level 1 certification and Kodály level 1 certification. For the past fifteen years, Ms. Burns has taught general music to grades Pre-Kindergarten through three, directed the instrumental band, the flute and clarinet ensembles, the elementary choruses, and coordinated the after-school conservatory for Far Hills Country Day School, in Far Hills, New Jersey. She has also been an adjunct professor at CCSU, Montclair State University, and William Paterson University. She has presented workshops on integrating music technology into the elementary music classroom for district and state conferences in New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Kentucky, and Texas. Ms. Burns has also presented sessions at the 2004, 2006, 2008-2012 national conferences for Technology for Music Education (TI:ME); the 2006 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; the 2007 NAfME eastern divisional conference in Hartford, Connecticut; the 2009 and 2010 NAfME Music Education Week in Washington DC, the 2011 NAfME Conference in Baltimore, MD, and the 2011 AOSA conference in Pittsburgh, PA. She has taught courses and contributed lesson plans for the SoundTree Institute and has written articles for the TI:ME website, the TI:ME newsletter, SoundTree Resource News, NAfME General Music Today, NJMEA Tempo, and Music Education Technology (MET) magazine. She is the lead author and editor of a book of technology-enhanced lesson plans titled, Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, published by Hal Leonard and is currently a contributing author to Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. In 2005, Ms. Burns was awarded the first-ever TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in integrating music technology into the elementary classroom. In 2008, she was elected as President-Elect of TI:ME, and began her presidential term in the fall of 2010. She is now the Past-President.
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8 Responses to Question 1:

  1. Keith Presty says:

    What is your goal for this class?

    My goal is to learn as many resources as possible to help me integrate music technology into the instrumental music/band classroom setting.

    Which software or website would you be able to integrate into your music classroom this fall?

    I think I will be able to integrate aspects of the Phil Tulga website ( into my instrumental music classroom this fall. Especially the counting music section.

  2. Julie Teitsma says:

    A. My goal for this class is to find ways to integrate technology into my classroom considering a small budget and only one computer. I am also interested in seeing how to use an iPod in a general music classroom (in terms of hooking it up to a sound system).
    B. Based on today’s class, I am very excited to show my students the Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures website (, particularly the portion involving Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and the animated listening “map”. I am very interested in finding additional resources like this. Should the budget allow me to do this, I would also love to use the Groovy software and other creative composition software (such as O-Generator). These programs would be so useful in reaching students with little experience in music notation by allowing them to create their own compositions.

  3. Christine Clear says:

    What is your goal for this class?
    My goal for this class is to learn more about music technology and how I can effectively use it in my classroom. I want to learn how to better use the resources I have available to me, as well as the tools I have yet to discover. I want to learn how to use music technology in the classroom and how to get students involved in using music technology. I want to learn how to comfortably use music technology as a part of my curriculum.

    Which software or website would you be able to integrate into your music classroom this fall?
    There are many websites I will be able to use this fall (assuming I have a classroom.) The website will be useful, especially for finding quizzes and sub plans for the first part of the year. Ricci Adams’ music theory website will be great for teaching music theory concepts. The Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures activity on Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 will be very useful in introducing students to listening maps, and the San Francisco Symphony Kids’ website will be good for introducing and exploring the instruments. Knowing about these websites, I can put them on my class website to let the students explore them on their own.

  4. Pat Merlucci says:

    1. My goal for this class is acquiring the experience to effectively use technology in my classroom-general music and instrumental, as well as performing venues. As an educator I would like to utilize the media center’s whiteboard, create a center with the three computers in my room, integrate music from an i-pod and design a powerpoint presentation for parents that illustrate the importance of the arts in our schools.
    2. In the Fall I would introduce MusicK8 Interactive Recorder in my general music classroom and Music Tech Treble Notes Games in my band classes. The recorder site will complement the study of fingering and the Note Games ample practice in note reading.

  5. Christine Clear says:

    Question #2 (I didn’t know where else to post this)

    How would you use PowerPoint or SMART Board Notebook software to benefit your classroom?

    I would definitely use PowerPoint or SMART Board Notebook software in my classroom in many lessons. Using the technology for lyrics and sing-alongs is useful and saves a lot of paper, and a SMART Board allows you to edit and highlight things. I would also use it for lessons on cultural music. It seems that a SMART Board would be a lot easier for students to create music on the board, as you can move things and change the sizes so that whatever the student wrote can be seen by everyone. In a situation where classes are constantly changing between grade levels, these software programs allow for faster and easier transitions.

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