Creating and Composing Music With Younger Elementary Students

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

10 AM - 12 PM

Virtual Event

Presenter: Amy Burns

Session Description 

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.

Please bring a device to the workshop. 


OAKE Members: $20

Other Professional Organization Members: $30

Non-Members: $40

College Students Only: $0

Presenter Bio

Amy M. Burns has been teaching general music to grades pre-kindergarten through four, directing the Far Hills Philharmonic for grades four through eight, co-directing the elementary chorus and Broadway Jr enrichment groups, and coordinating The Far Hills Conservatory at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ, for over twenty years. A widely known music educator, author, and clinician on how to effectively integrate technology into the elementary music classroom, she credits her colleagues, administration, and the members of the Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) organization and NJMEA for her success in teaching music to elementary students. 

Amy 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 certifications as well as Orff level 1 certificatio, Kodály level 1 certification, Google Certifications Levels 1 and 2, Apple Teacher, and Seesaw Ambassador. A firm believer in differentiating instruction, Amy began adding technology as another tool to reach the students in her music classes in 1998. In 2005, Amy received the first-ever TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award for her innovative uses of technology in the elementary music classroom. In 2016, Amy received the NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award and the Governor's Leadership in Arts Education Award. In 2017, Amy was the recipient of the NJ Non-Public School Teacher of the Year.

For more information about Amy's accomplishments, check out her website at