STEAM in the Elementary Music Classroom with Ms. Amy Burns

August 3 - August 7

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been a popular education "buzzword" for years. Many elementary music educators are expected to integrate STEAM into their music classes. However, it is important to think of STEAM as a philosophy to enhance the learning of music in the classroom. This course will feature several  STEAM projects that involve project-based learning (PBL) and design thinking incorporated into elementary music approaches such as Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and Feierabend's First Steps in Music.

Amy Burns, who has taught elementary general music for over twenty years, will showcase lessons, materials, and student examples from her own classroom.

This course will cover the following:

  • Integrating the philosophy of STEAM into the elementary music classroom while keeping music as the main focus of the lesson
  • Building a list of STEAM and music resources to utilize throughout the school year
  • Incorporating coding, podcasting, composing, performing, creating, and more 
  • Developing lessons and activities that involve integrating STEAM, PBL, and design thinking

Amy M. Burns (www.amymburns.com) 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. 

During the summers, Amy teaches courses to music educators on ways they can integrate technology into their music classrooms. She has been an adjunct professor at CCSU, Montclair State University, and William Paterson University. In addition, she has taught several classes online and has been a guest speaker for numerous webinars.

Spring I Schedule (January 13 - March 1)

MME 862.91 Beginning Pedagogy and Methods for Guitar (.5 credits)

Online          January 13 - March 1

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach guitar in a popular music setting. "Music as a second language" will be the emphasized pedagogy. Students are required to meet minimum proficiency on the guitar. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. Pre-requisite: MME860 and MME861  Co-requisite: MME863

MME 863.91 Beginning Pedagogy and Methods for Drums (.5 credits)

Online          January 13 - March 1

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach drums in a popular music setting. "Music as a second language" will be the emphasized pedagogy. Students are required to meet a minimum proficiency on each instrument.  This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. Pre-requisite: MME860 and MME861  Co-requisite: MME 862

2020 Spring II Schedule (March 9 - April 26)

MME 864.91 Beginning Pedagogy and Methods for Electric Bass (.5 credit)

Online          March 9 - April 26

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach electric bass in a popular music setting. "Music as a second language" will be the emphasized pedagogy. Students are required to meet a minimum proficiency on each instrument. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME.  Pre-requisite: MME860 and MME861  Co-requisite: MME 865

MME 865.91 Beginning Pedagogy and Methods for Keyboard (.5 credit)

Online          March 9 - April 26

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach keyboard in a popular music setting. "Music as a second language" will be the emphasized pedagogy. Students are required to meet a minimum proficiency on each instrument. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. Pre-requisite: MME860 and MME861 Co-requisite: MME 864

MME 871.91 Music Identity and Music Education (3 credits)

Online         March 9 - April 26

This course is designed to cover a broad spectrum of topics pertaining to musical identity as it intersects with music education.  This is an elective course for the MME program.

2020 Summer I Schedule (May 11 - June 28)

MME 866.91 Beginning Pedagogy and Methods for Contemporary Vocal Styles (1 credit)

Online          May 11 - June 28

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach voice techniques in a popular music setting. "Music as a second language" will be the emphasized pedagogy.  Students are required to meet minimum proficiency singing in a contemporary genre. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. MME 860 and Pre-requisite:  MME 861  Co-requisite:  MME 867

MME 867.91 Creative Experiences in Modern Band (1 credit)

Online          May 11 - June 28

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to analyze and create music in popular music styles and then apply appropriate strategies that will enable them to design creative experiences for students in K-12 settings. Students will be introduced to compositional strategies for creative experiences appropriate for upper elementary and secondary aged students and design a series of creative experiences for this purpose. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirement for the MME. Pre-requisite:  MME 860, MME 861, MME 862, MME 863, MME 864, MME 865  Co-requisite: MME 866

MME 857.01 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3 credits)

BMC Rm. 121      June 24, 25, 26, 29 & 30  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The students will develop advanced conducting techniques for instrumental conducting professional. We will examine techniques that will help conductors express emotion more musically. These techniques will include: development of hand independence, musical gestures, communicative gestures incorporating baton, left hand, and facial techniques. There will also be learning activities designed to familiarize educators with the needs of individuals within ensembles and to help provide the direction needed to help motivate groups to achieve their highest potential. This course meets supportive studies in music requirement for the MME program.

2020 Summer II Schedule (July 6 - August 23)

MME 860.91 Modern Band Pedagogy (1 credit)

Online          July 6 - August 23

This course will introduce students to the music as a second language pedagogy and provide an overview of Modern Band and the application of materials for teaching keyboard, guitar, drums and bass in the K-12 classroom. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. Co-requisite: Take MME-861

MME 861.91 Music of Modern Band (1 credit)

Online          July 6 - August 23

Students will enhance their knowledge of repertoire performance from various popular styles; and learning rhythmic, melodic and harmonic practices associated with each genre. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirements for MME. Co-requisite: MME-860

MME 887.01 Recording for the Music Educator (3 credit)

BMC Rm 224         July 6 - July 17, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Whether you are trying to record your spring concert, grab a quick recording of a rehearsal for instant feedback, or help your students produce their own songs, we will spend lots of time exploring the various aspects of making a recording. The use of microphones, room acoustics, and equipment setup will be covered by...get this...actually recording. A lot! This course meets the supportive studies in music requirement for the MME.

MME 888.01 Modern Band Composition and Performance Ensemble (3 credits)

Miller Chapel         July 6 - July 17, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This course serves as the capstone of the Modern Band Certificate. Students will expand upon the proficiencies and methods learned in an ensemble setting through collaborative composition and improvisation. The culminating experience will be a live concert promoting the pedagogies for a modern band curriculum. This course meets the supportive studies in music requirement for the MME. Pre-requisites: MME 860, 861, 862, 863, 864, and 865

MME 804.01 Psychology of Music Learning (3 credits)

BMC Rm. 228         July 13 - July 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

An investigation and discussion of theories of learning as they relate to the teaching of music. This course includes the study of specific teaching strategies and the nature of the musical response. A core course.

 

MME 854.01 Topics in Music Theory and Analysis (3 credits)

BMC Rm. 14       July 13 - 24   1p.m. - 5p.m.

An intensive repertoire-driven review of harmony and formal structures using a variety of analytical techniques, drawing examples primarily from the western art music tradition. Repertoire selections will vary from year to year. This is a supportive studies course for MME.

 

 

MME 890.01 STEAM in the Elementary Music Classroom (3 credits)

BMC Rm. 19          August 3 - August 7    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been a popular education "buzzword" for years. Many elementary music educators are expected to integrate STEAM into their music classes. However, it is important to think of STEAM as a philosophy to enhance the learning of music in the classroom. This course will feature several  STEAM projects that involve project-based learning (PBL) and design thinking incorporated into elementary music approaches such as Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and Feierabend's First Steps in Music.

Amy Burns, who has taught elementary general music for over twenty years, will showcase lessons, materials, and student examples from her own classroom.

This course will cover the following:

  • Integrating the philosophy of STEAM into the elementary music classroom while keeping music as the main focus of the lesson
  • Building a list of STEAM and music resources to utilize throughout the school year
  • Incorporating coding, podcasting, composing, performing, creating, and more 
  • Developing lessons and activities that involve integrating STEAM, PBL, and design thinking

This meets an elective requirement for the MME.

 

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