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Technology for Music Teachers. Course Dates: Monday through Saturday, July 19-24 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Contacts:. Amy M. Burns, Adjunct Faculty Email: Website: Blog: Cell Phone (973) 493-5797

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technology for music teachers
Technology for Music Teachers
  • Course Dates:
  • Monday through Saturday, July 19-24 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Amy M. Burns, Adjunct Faculty
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Blog:
  • Cell Phone (973) 493-5797
  • Course website:
  • Course Blog:
evaluation assessment criteria
Evaluation & Assessment Criteria
  • -Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Any absences need to be approved by the Dean of the Music School.
  • -Responses to the ten discussion questions: 2 points each = 10 points 
  • -Projects #1, 2, 4, 5 – 15 points each = 60 points 
  • -Project #3 – 30 points
  • Total: 100 points
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day 1

Day 1:

Technology in the Music Classroom

popular reasons for not using technology in the elementary grades
Popular reasons for not using technology in the elementary grades:
  • I do not have enough time to learn all of the software out there
  • It will replace a part of my music curriculum
  • My students are too young to use technology
  • I only have one computer…How could I possibly incorporate music technology into my elementary music classroom?

Technology should enhance your music curriculum!“New technologies hold the key to improved music learning. If a teacher places the tools of technology into the students’ hands, it will guide them to active music making” (Rudolph, Richmond, Mash, & Williams, 1997, p. 1)

  • Pick your favorite unit and add a technological component
  • Do not build a unit around music technology
    • Instead…
  • Find one way to incorporate music technology into your favorite musical unit
benefits for adding technology to your k 8 music classroom
Benefits for adding technology to your K-8 Music Classroom:
  • Enhance your musical units
  • Reinforce musical
  • skills that are
  • being taught in the
  • lesson
  • Excellent assessment tool

Accomplish The National Association for Music Education’s National Standards for Music Education (MENC): (retrieved on August 1, 2008, from

      • 1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
      • 2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others,
      • a varied repertoire of music.
      • 3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
      • 4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
      • 5. Reading and notating music.
      • 6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
      • 7. Evaluating music and music performances.
      • 8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts,
      • and disciplines outside the arts.
  • 9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
most importantly
Most Importantly…

Your students will enjoy the technology activities that you incorporate into your music lessons!

music technology in the classroom
Music Technology in the Classroom
  • CDs, CD players, DVDs,
  • Computers
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Websites
  • Software
  • Internet
  • Podcasts
  • Wikispaces
  • Blogs
  • Guitar Hero or Wii Music
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Music Technology in the Classroom
  • Crayons of Music Education
  • Yamaha Research:
    • Long and short term music achievement, as evidenced in standardized tests, is significantly increased when compared to existing approaches of classroom music.
    • Students who received hands-on instruction had greater comprehension of musical concepts compared with students taught with traditional approaches and methods.
    • Music instructions provided through a technology assisted program contributes to a sense of professional development and personal growth on the part of the music educators.
    • Additional outcomes of the study showed that technology improved student concentration, maximized time on-task, developed and enhanced cooperative learning, and fostered higher level thinking skills.

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

  • Research with 2nd grade general music class
  • The EX2 showed the most statistical significant difference with a 48.7% increase in correct answers. EX1=16.7% and CG=46% increase in correct answers.
  • Music Ace and Finale NotePad
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Music Technology in the Classroom
  • Dr. Peter Webster The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002):
  • “So, is music technology effective and is it worth the trouble? On balance and on a very basic level, the answer to this question is yes. Does music technology hold the key for solving all our music teaching problems? Of course not. Are there abuses in its use? Absolutely. Does it always improve learning? No, much depends on the context--especially the teacher and its use instructionally. Is it worth the trouble to keep studying its role in music teaching and learning? Unconditionally, yes.”
during this course we will
During this course, we will:
  • Explore educational Internet sites
  • Explore music software
  • Create a Wikispace
  • Explore blogs
  • Learn and create with notation software
  • Learn and create with GarageBand
  • Explore podcasts
  • Learn and explore keyboards and software synthesizers
  • Create CDs
  • Edit audio with Audacity
  • Explore the uses of the SMART Board and the software
  • Explore classroom management
  • Explore and create powerpoints for class
the internet in the music classroom
The Internet in the Music Classroom
  • Network
  • Websites
  • Email
  • Message Boards
  • Blogs
  • Wiki
  • Twitter
  • Search Engines
  • Webquests
the internet in the music classroom1
The Internet in the Music Classroom
  • SFSKids
  • DsoKids
  • NY Phil Kidszone
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Music Theory Puzzles
  • Smithsonian Folkways
  • Classics for Kids
  • Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures
the internet in the music classroom2
The Internet in the Music Classroom
  • Make Music Machine
  • Creating Music
  • Math and Music
  • Music Theory .net
  • Emusictheory
  • Game Aquarium
  • Phil Tulga
  • Music Intervals
  • MusicTechTeacher
the internet in the music classroom3
The Internet in the Music Classroom
  • Groove Lab
  • Interactive Recorder Fingering Chart
  • Interactive Boomwhackers
  • Science of music
  • The Music Interactive
  • Google Earth
  • MmmTsss
  • Choral Public Domain Library
  • Classical Music Archives
  • Noteflight

The Noteflight Learning Edition will provide the teacher with almost everything they are looking for.

  • Noteflight Learning Edition is an online service designed for music educators. Available by monthly or yearly subscription, it's based on the Noteflight Score Editor, a full-featured notation tool that runs in any standard web browser.
upload evaluation document
Upload Evaluation Document
  • Accept my invitation to join our wikispace.
    • If you did not receive an email from me/wikispace, please login to your email account and accept the invitation. (Check Spam folder).
  • Save document with your name somewhere in the title
  • Follow Amy’s directions to upload to the wikispace