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Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches

Amy M. Burns

Publication Date - September 2020

ISBN: 9780190055653

240 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches

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Do you find it challenging to integrate technology into your elementary music classroom? Do you feel that it could enhance your classroom experience if you could implement it in an approachable and realistic way? In Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches, author Amy M. Burns offers an all-in-one, classroom-vetted guide to integrate technology into the music classroom while keeping with core educational strategies. In this book, you will find practical lessons and ideas that can be used in any elementary classroom, whether that classroom has one device per educator or a device for every student. Written for a range of experience levels, lessons further enhance classrooms that utilize the approaches of Feierabend, Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and project-based learning. Experts from each field-Dr. Missy Strong, Glennis Patterson, Ardith Collins, and Cherie Herring-offer a variety of approaches and project ideas in the project-based learning section. Complemented by a companion website of lesson videos, resource guides, and more, Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches allows new and veteran educators to hit the ground running on the first day of school.


  • Builds upon key educational approaches, including Feierabend, Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and project-based learning
  • Written for teachers in classrooms with limited access to technology
  • Includes a companion website of step-by-step video instructions for each lesson

About the Author(s)

Amy M. Burns has taught Preschool-grade four general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has written three books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor's Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.


"With Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches Amy Burns and contributors make bringing technology into some of the greatest elementary school music theories and practices easily accessible for all elementary educators regardless of their technology background. This unique and easy-to-follow book describes why technology enhances the various methodologies, explains the technology, and gives tried and true lessons from veteran teachers to use in the classroom. This is an absolute 'must have' book for all music teachers regardless of grade level and should be required reading for all pre-service university elementary methods classes." -- Barbara Freedman, author of Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology

"Outstanding! Amy Burns has compiled a splendid collection of excellent technology-based resources for elementary music teachers to use in their classroom. Burns is a master teacher and her enthusiasm and love of teaching shines through the text. Any music teacher reading this book will be inspired to create engaging and meaningful lessons that will ensure that their students will love learning and will come running to music class every day to find out what fun is in store." -- Richard A. McCready, music teacher, Howard County Public Schools, Maryland

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: What Is This Book All About?

    Chapter 2: Why Would We Use Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom?

    Chapter 3a: Feierabend Approach by Dr. Missy Strong

    Chapter 3b: Technology Integration with First Steps

    Chapter 4a: The Kodály Approach to Teaching Music: An Overview by Glennis Patterson

    Chapter 4b: Technology Integration with the Kodály Approach

    Chapter 5a: Orff Schulwerk: An Approach to Possibilities by Ardith Collins

    Chapter 5b: Technology Integration with the Orff Schulwerk Approach

    Chapter 6: Project-Based Learning, with Cherie Herring

    Chapter 7: Conclusion

    Chapter 8: Links Listed Throughout the Book and Program Descriptions

    Chapter 9: Glossary