Question 2:

How would you use powerpoint or SMART Board notebook (if applicable) software to benefit your classroom?

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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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3 Responses to Question 2:

  1. Pat Merlucci says:

    I would like to offer my Grade 2 students a powerpoint presentation of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Illustrating the story with colorful slides, a few musical excerpts and time to predict an ending.

  2. Julie Teitsma says:

    I would love to use Powerpoint to create more listening maps, as well as to continue having students create listening maps. In addition, I would like to create presentations featuring audio files that emphasize instruments’ timbre differences.

  3. Keith Presty says:

    I would use PowerPoint at the middle school level to introduce new music we are going to play. Incorporating information on composers, history, form and listening examples. I think it would also be a good way to teach rhythm. All of my rhythm examples could be on PowerPoint slides. This would make moving between examples very easy and eliminate the need to continuously rewrite examples on the board. At the elementary level it would be great to have presentations explaining instrument assembly. Posting these on the web would allow students to access the information at home.

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