Questions 3:

  1. You are ½ way through the course. So far, what one item of technology could you immediately utilize in your music classroom when you return in September?
  2. After seeing a variety of websites that were created by students (wikispaces, social networking, blogs, youtube), what do you think the future role of the Internet will be for music education?

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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11 Responses to Questions 3:

  1. Keith Presty says:

    I will immediately utilize my band wiki page that I started to develop in class. This will be an amazing resource for both the students and parents. It is a great way to keep everyone informed about the program. It also allows students access to media that I can choose and create for them.

    I think we will start to see students connecting more with other students and teachers from other schools, states, and countries. I think eventually the Internet will globalize the way we approach, interact, instruct and learn about music education and education in general.

    • Keith-Do you think that education will eventually become online instruction?

      • Keith Presty says:

        We already see online instruction now with college classes. I think younger students need face-to-face interaction. I can see it being used for students who are absent for and extended period of time. Or perhaps to offer some additional instruction of some kind. I would hate to see it completely take the place of additional instruction. However, I do feel it can be useful in aiding instruction.

  2. Julie Teitsma says:

    1. Upon return to school in September, I could immediately use my class wiki. Class assignments, audio files, and discussions about related topics could be used. In addition, my students’ power point projects could be uploaded to the class wiki and discussed.

    2. The future role of the internet regarding music education might include the use of Skype to communicate with classes in other parts of the country and world. With the popularity of Facebook and other social-networking sites, students will hopefully become more globally aware, allowing Skype to be a relevant tool to connect our music students with others. Compositions, performances, and general discussions could be shared between these students.

  3. Christine Clear says:

    1. I will definitely use my wikispace as well – it will be useful for letting parents know what is going on in the classroom and it will also be a place to post student work. I can also post homework assignments on the wikispace, so a student will no longer have the excuse of “I didn’t know what the assignment was!” Concert information is also easily accessible. I’ll also use the online resources, both the ones we learned about on the first day and the networking ones!

    2. I think the Internet will allow the students to better grasp cultural music. Students will be able to go online and hear and see the music being performed in context. Students will be able to talk to other students across the country and across the world. They learn about the music of other cultures – they will be able to see that other cultures learn about them as well!
    I also think it will make interdisciplinary projects easier and more interesting for the student – they can work on a single presentation for multiple classes, such as English, science, and music, and not have to worry about losing their work – it will all be online. I think it will make the students more responsible for their work.

  4. Pat Merlucci says:

    Upon completion, I will post my elementary band Wiki site with lesson, rehearsal and concert dates. A computer center will be introduced to general music classes Grade 3-5 for recorder fingering and note reading practice.

    The role of the Internet will be a primary source of communication with parents, a selling agent with administrators, and the cornerstone for marketing music education.

  5. That is good insight. How do you think students interacting over the Internet will affect their communication skills in school with the students around them?

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