Questions 5:

    1. What would you like to discuss/review during the last class?
    2. From what you have read and seen so far, how can digital audio software like GarageBand or Audacity be utilized in your music classroom?

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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4 Responses to Questions 5:

  1. Christine Clear says:

    1. Maybe we could touch on making websites as opposed to wikispaces? I know the wikispaces are much easier to create and edit, and other people can edit it too, but a website looks more professional.

    2. I can use GarageBand to create tracks and edit music (the one thing I used it for previously!) for or by the students. I can use it to help the students make podcasts for projects. For more advanced students, I could have them create projects in GarageBand as well. I can use Audacity to make karaoke tracks for class (maybe as a reward?) and I can transpose with it too!

  2. Keith Presty says:

    I would like to look at iWeb and other possible website creating/hosting programs/sites. I am also really interested in the copyright and grant topics.

    I will defiantly be making more podcasts for my students. I would like to do a series of instrument assembly podcasts. I will also be using it to record my students for assessment.

  3. Julie Teitsma says:

    1. I am very interested in learning more about copyright law (which I know is already on the agenda for tomorrow). Also, I’d be interested in reviewing the Groovy series and possible uses for it in middle school general music.

    2. Garage Band would be great for having the students create Podcasts. For example, students could create and post Podcasts on various composers or artists, or they could compose music in Sibelius and “podcast” their composition process.

  4. Pat Merlucci says:

    Audacity’s helpful tools, transposition and muting vocals will offer more variety to popular song selections for graded programs. Band students will enjoy improvising over a Garage band loop. I’d like to develop the idea of a multicultural podcast with pictures of a map, music notation, children from the country playing the instrument and demonstration of the instrument.
    I would like to review the steps for converting an audio fil to MP3 and adding audio, if possible to a power point presentation.

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