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Elementary Music Class: Tech Integration with iPads and Chromebooks

Elementary Music Class: Tech Integration with iPads and Chromebooks

This past week, I taught a course at Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Summer Music Institute titled, “Technology Integration in the Elemnetary Music Classroom: A Focus on iPads and Chromebooks.” The participants in the course, who were elementary music educators (or about to be), were excellent! I had a wonderful time teaching and proudly displaying my own students’ works to show as examples.

A Focus on Integration:

Though the course was about technology in the elementary music classroom, due to the fact that the teachers in the course (and many of us who teach elementary) were using one or both platforms in their classroom, I focused on the integration aspect along with focusing on the iPad or Chromebook.

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Band Music Technology and the M4All Summer Symposium

Band Music Technology and the M4All Summer Symposium

Each year, I’m humbled to part of the great team that works with middle-school band directors at the Music for All Summer Symposium.  The team consists of Robert W. Smith, Cyndee Hawkins, Dr. Edwin Arnold, Dr. Charles Jackson, and myself. This year we had a special guest, Dr. Keith Dye give a couple of amazing guest presentations about the, equally amazing, MusicFirst products.

For two of the past years, I have opened the music technology sessions, with an overview of new technology and things that I have found amazing.

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Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board

Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board

Back in 2014, I released the first in a Help! Series for elementary music teachers that would assist them with integrating technology into their music classrooms. This series includes Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a Smart Board!, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads, and the next in the series, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher that needs Free Technology Resources!, which will include lesson plans using free resources for iPads and Chromebooks.

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Professional Development: Great Week in Boone, NC!

Professional Development: Great Week in Boone, NC!

This past week, I taught sessions on integrating technology into the general music classroom at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. It was a part of the Silver Burdett Music Institute (to see video and pictures from this event, please visit their Facebook page). This week-long workshop has run for over 40 years. I was in awe of what I experienced as I was there.

General Sessions

Maribeth Yoder-White began each day with the general session titled, “The ABCs of Music Teaching: Activity, Belief, and Creativity”.

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Heading to Boone, NC!

Heading to Boone, NC!

This week, I am blogging from Boone, NC. I am presenting at the Appalachian State University Silver Burdett/Pearson Summer Music Institute. My four-day sessions are based around interactive music making with iPads, Chromebooks, and SMART Boards. I will be blogging everyday with highlights from all sessions. In addition, you can see some of the links from my session on my website, amymburns.com.

If you want to learn more about Silver Burdett’s newest online series that partners with Alfred and Sanna Longden, please check it out here.

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Having Your Students Choose the Upper Elementary Graduation Song

Having Your Students Choose the Upper Elementary Graduation Song

If you teach elementary general music, then you have probably had to face the situation: What song will my upper elementary students sing  as their graduation song?

4th or 5th Grade Graduation Song

It has been years since I have had to go through the process of picking an upper elementary graduation song. I have experienced the PreK and kindergarten graduation songs and have found many fun ones (I will save them for the next post).

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Resources: May the Fourth Be With You

Resources: May the Fourth Be With You

Over the past few years, May 4th has become a celebrated holiday in elementary music classrooms. From movement activities to rhythm reading games, May 4th has become a day to celebrate John Williams’s Star Wars literature. Here are some of my favorite mostly   free resources to use on “May the fourth be with you…”:

Youtube Videos for Reading and Performing Rhythms:

Some of my favorite “play along” videos come from Professor Pedro Morales.

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Professional Development #2: IU Music Technology Symposium

Professional Development #2: IU Music Technology Symposium

Last week, I had the great pleasure of presenting at Indiana University’s (IU) PLUGGING IN: The Role of Technology in 21st Century Musicianship. This exciting event included four featured speakers: Dr. Ann Clements from Penn State, Dr. Christopher Raphael from IU’s School of Informatics and Computing, Dr. Norbert Herber from IU’s Media School, and me.

The mission of this event was to present cutting edge technological advances that can be applied towards musical pursuits.

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Professional Development #1: All-Eastern Experience

Professional Development #1: All-Eastern Experience

This past weekend, NJMEA hosted the All-Eastern Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. It was an amazing conference that ran from Wednesday, April 5 to Friday, April 7. The first day offered one session during each time period for Choral, Orchestra, General, Instrumental, and Jazz. The exception to this was Technology, which usually offered two sessions during each time slot on the first day. This setup mirrored NJMEA’s state conference where the first day is devoted to academies.

Continue reading Professional Development #1: All-Eastern Experience at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Assessment: Using Peter and the Wolf and Book Creator

Assessment: Using Peter and the Wolf and Book Creator

At the end of the winter trimester, the 1st graders learned about the instruments of the orchestra, story music, and the essential question of how music can affect a mood, through Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Experiencing Peter and the Wolf

The students experienced the story through movement, listening to the instruments, listening to the story narrated by Leonard Bernstein, drawing to the story, and watching the Disney version of the story.

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Course Information


Broad General Education S1 - S3

S4/5/6 Courses

 


Course Info

 

S1- S3 Broad General Education

 

Through music, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music will be the prominent activities for all learners. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop solo and group skills using a variety of different instruments including Keyboard, Tuned Percussion, Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum kit. Through these activities they explore sound and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions. Pupils will be exposed to music from a range of styles and cultures and will be encouraged to perform their chosen music confidently using performance directions, musical notation and/ or playing by ear. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music through listening to musical performances and commenting on them. They use ICT to realise or enhance their composition and performances and to promote their understanding of how music works.

 

 

Topics covered: S1 Scottish Music, World Music and Classical Music
  S2 Film Music, Scottish Music, Rock and Pop and World Music
  S3 Scottish Music, Classical Music, World Music, Vocal Music, Blues, Jazz and Ragtime

 

 

The subjects contained in each topic are delivered in a progressive way so that each year group builds upon prior learning.

 

 

 

Course Info

 

S4/5/6 Music

 

Music: Higher

 

 

Purpose

 

To provide experience in:

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:

 

 

Course Code

 

There are two routes and two entry codes in the Higher Music Course, distinguished by candidate choice of optional Units:

 

Music with Performing

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing (Higher)

           

Music with Technology

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing with Technology (Higher)

 

 

Course Structure

This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

 

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units

Music: Composing (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Listening (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

and one of the following optional Units:

Music: Performing (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Performing with Technology (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

All Courses include 40 hours of flexible time.

 

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Higher Music might progress to:

 

 

 

The course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.

 

 

Music: Performing (Higher)

 

As at previous levels candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group in one of the combinations below:

 

Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and musical demands.

 

 

Music: Performing with Technology (Higher)

 

As at previous levels, candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group on one instrument/voice.  Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and/or musical demands.  Additionally, candidates will develop their knowledge, understanding and practical application of MIDI Sequencing or sound engineering as instruments of music technology in order to produce a folio of recordings.

 

In addition to studying either Music: Performing (Higher) or Music: Performing with Technology (Higher), all candidates will take the mandatory Units in Composing and Listening.

 

 

Music: Composing (Higher)

 

Candidates at this level will have the opportunity to build competence in handling a wide range of compositional techniques which they will use to produce a folio of original work.  Their broad experience of Music as performers, music technologists and listeners will help inform their use of compositional techniques.  This area of the course presents candidates with a unique opportunity to explore musical ideas, to solve problems and to make personal decisions about style, the selection and deployment of performance forces, and the use of compositional devices.  By engaging in this process they will both develop their creativity and express their individuality.

 

 

Music: Listening (Higher)

 

The Course provides scope to listen to a variety of music and to develop discriminatory awareness of an increasing range of musical and stylistic concepts.  In this, as in other units of the course, candidates have the opportunity to develop musical literacy, demonstrating their ability to relate music heard to notated scores.

 


 

 

Music: Intermediate 2

 

 

Purpose

 

To provide experience in:

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:

 

 

Course Code

There are two routes and two entry codes in the Intermediate 2 Music Course, distinguished by candidate choice of optional Units:

           

Music with Performing

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing (Intermediate 2)

           

Music with Technology

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2)

 

 

Course Structure

 

This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

 

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units:

 

Music: Composing (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Listening (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

and one of the following optional Units:

 

Music: Performing (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

           

 

All Courses include 40 hours of flexible time.

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Intermediate 2 Music might progress to:

 

 

The course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.

 

 

Music: Performing (Intermediate 2)

 

As at previous levels candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group in one of the combinations below:

 

Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and musical demands.

 

 

Music: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2)

 

As at previous levels, candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group on one instrument/voice.  Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and/or musical demands.  Additionally, candidates will develop their knowledge, understanding and practical application of MIDI Sequencing or sound engineering as instruments of music technology in order to produce a folio of recordings.

 

In addition to studying either Music: Performing (Int 2) or Music: Performing with Technology (Int 2), all candidates will take the mandatory Units in Composing and Listening.

 

 

 

Music: Composing (Intermediate 2)

 

Candidates at this level will have the opportunity to build competence in handling a wide range of compositional techniques which they will use to produce a folio of original work.  Their broad experience of Music as performers, music technologists and listeners will help inform their use of compositional techniques.  This area of the course presents candidates with a unique opportunity to explore musical ideas, to solve problems and to make personal decisions about style, the selection and deployment of performance forces, and the use of compositional devices.  By engaging in this process they will both develop their creativity and express their individuality.

 

 

Music: Listening (Intermediate 2)

 

The Course provides scope to listen to a variety of music and to develop discriminatory awareness of an increasing range of musical and stylistic concepts.  In this, as in other units of the course, candidates have the opportunity to develop musical literacy, demonstrating their ability to relate music heard to notated scores.