ipad_speakers-2As the use of technology continues to grow in the elementary music classrooms, music educators are highly encouraged to explore and utilize iPads and apps in a variety of classroom settings. With the amount of apps increasing daily, even just one iPad in the music classroom can prove to be beneficial for the music educator and the students.

This hands-on course is aimed at elementary music educators who are interested in utilizing iPads in their elementary general music classes. We will discover, explore and create lesson plans using numerous resourceful apps that can be utilized in any elementary music classroom setting, from one iPad, to a few iPads, to a one-on-one (1:1) setting. In addition, certain iPad apps can assist the music educator with organization and assessment. Participants must have an iPad. Since the apps in this course will range in price from free to $6.99, an investment in the apps would be beneficial in completing assignments.

This course is offered online in four (4)  Topics/Units. Participants will log into a secure Learning Management System, MusicEdTech Moodle Classroom, to receive course materials including readings, video instruction on how to use the software, video instruction on teaching with iPads and specific apps, pertinent .pdf, audio, MIDI files, and assignments for participants. Participants will share work and comment on other participants work via our online, secure classroom. The materials for each Topic/Unit will be released on a given day and continually available to participants. No specific time is required to log in to review material. The instructor will be available to you continually throughout the course.

Course begins Wednesday July 22, 2015

What you’ll learn
  • How to use the iPad in different classroom environments: 1 iPad in the music classroom to a few iPads in the music classroom to 1:1 iPad music classroom
  • Basic function of the iPad
  • Projecting the iPad for the class
  • Assessment – Rubrics and activities
  • Apps covered are listed in the course outline below
Who should take this course?

This course is for elementary music educators who are interested in utilizing iPads in their elementary general music classes.

iPads in the Elementary Music Classroom includes:
  • 4 session course delivered asynchronously. Learn on your own schedule within the course weeks
  • All course materials to complete the course
  • Topics/Unit notes including any reference sheets and charts
  • List of resources to use in the classroom
  • Access to training videos on some of the apps discussed
  • Professional development certificate of completion is available. Please check with your district about requirements and pre-approval before registering for the course.
  • One graduate credit is available for an additional fee to the issuing university. Please click here for more information about graduate credit.
What you will need:
  • A computer with internet access
  • Participants must have an iPad.
  • Since the apps in this course will range in price from free to $6.99, an investment in the apps would be beneficial to completing assignments.
Cost and Payment Terms

Cost: US $295.00. An optional one (1) graduate credit is available.

Payment options for the course are:

  • Credit card (via the Paypal website. No Paypal account necessary.)
  • Paypal
  • Invoice option available for schools and businesses in the US. Purchase order number required at time of registration
  • Payment or PO must be received before the first course date. Please also note the course cancellation policy
  • If you wish to sign up for the course, but do not yet have approval (a PO) from your school, please email me.
Music Ed Tech Cancellation Policy

Please review the MusicEdTech Cancellation Policy.

To cancel your registration for a MusicEdTech.com class, please use our Contact Form or send an email to: support(at)musicedtech.com

How to register

Registration for the course is separate from the optional graduate credit registration. Register for this course using the button at the bottom of this page. You will be given the option to pay via PayPal, credit card or a personal check. If you are paying via credit card, click on the PayPal option. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via credit card. PayPal is the vehicle through which we collect and charge your credits card. There are no additional fees to you.

If you would like graduate credit, please register for the course on this registration site before processing the paperwork and fees to the university. For school purchases orders, please use the contact form to make a request.

Graduate Credit:

MusicEdTech has partnered with the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development (NCSD) to make graduate credits available for all MusicEdTech online courses through the Van Loan School at Endicott College. Endicott College is a fully accredited undergraduate and graduate school through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC).

K-12 educators can use these graduate credits toward

  • salary advancement
  • certification
  • license renewal
  • degree completion

Please check with your district, graduate school or state department of education for their graduate credit requirements.

Each MusicEdTech online course is eligible for one (1) graduate credit for an additional $200 payable to the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development who will process all the paperwork with Endicott College Van Loan School. Please download this Endicott Registration Form iPads and send to NCSD along wit your payment of $200 for one graduate credit. You may also register by calling NCSD directly at (978) 322-2203.

The Endicott College course number foriPADS IN THE ELEMENTARY GENERAL MUSIC CLASSROOM is EDPX542.

Please note that MusicEdTech does not give, exchange, process or give transcripts for graduate credit. All transactions payments and cancellations for graduate credit are through NCSD. Transcripts can be obtained directly through Endicott College at the completion of the course by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Please allow at least two weeks after the course completion for your grades to be processed.

Amy Burns

Amy Burns

Amy M. Burns (http://www.amymburns.com) 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. She also holds Technology for Music Education (TI:ME )levels 1 and 2 certification as well as Orff level 1 certification and Kodály level 1 certification. For the past seventeen years, Ms. Burns has taught general music to grades Pre-Kindergarten through three, directed the instrumental band, the flute and clarinet ensembles, the elementary choruses/musical theater groups and coordinated the after-school conservatory for Far Hills Country Day School, in Far Hills, New Jersey. She has presented workshops on integrating music technology into the elementary music classroom for numerous district, state, and national conferences over the past decade. She has contributed lesson plans to SoundTree’s Educator Corner and has written articles for the TI:ME website, the TI:ME newsletter, SoundTree Resource News, MENC General Music Today, NJMEATempo, Music Education Technology (MET) magazine and TMEA’s Southwestern Musician. She is the lead author and editor of a book of technology-enhanced lesson plans titled, Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, published by Hal Leonard and a contributing author to SoundTree’s Elementary Keyboard Curriculum Series and Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. In 2005, Ms. Burns was awarded the first-ever TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in integrating music technology into the elementary classroom. In 2008, she was elected as President-Elect of TI:ME, served as President in 2010-2012, and is now currently the Past-President. In 2013, she was selected to serve on the NJMEA Board as the Early Childhood Music Educator Chair. Finally, Ms. Burns is a proud mother of two girls.

Course Outline (subject to change)

Topic 1: Basics of the iPad, How to Choose Apps and Music Creation Apps for the Elementary General Music Classroom

  • Classroom environments: 1 iPad in the music classroom to a few iPads in the music classroom to 1:1 iPad music classroom
  • Home button
  • Opening and closing apps
  • Guided access
  • Creating folders
  • Headphones
  • Projecting the iPad onto a screen
  • Apps covered in this webinar:
    • GarageBand
    • Songify (Talkapella and LaDiDa)
    • Moozart
    • Soundbrush

Topic 2: Apps for Assessment (Rhythms and Note Reading) and Apps for Teacher Organization

  • Assessment – Rubrics and activities
  • Apps covered in this webinar:
    • Note Squish
    • Flashnote Derby
    • Treble Clef Kids
    • RhythmCat
    • Rhythm Repeat
    • Rhythm in Reach
    • MonkeyDrum
    • Teacher Kit
    • iDoceo

Topic 3: Apps for Assessment (Ear Training and Recorder), Apps for Recording (Audio and Video) and Teacher Tool Apps

  • Review assessment in the elementary general music classroom
  • Apps covered in this session:
    • Blob Chorus
    • Do Re Mi
    • Pocket WavePad
    • Joytunes
    • Learn and Play Recorder
    • Book Creator
    • Youtube
    • Music Resources
    • Freeze Dance
    • Splashtop
    • Educreations
    • Explain Everything
    • Screen Chomp

Topic 4: Virtual Instrument Apps and Notation Apps

  • Performing ensembles in the elementary general music classroom and how technology can enhance them
  • Technological activities that promote composing music in the elementary general music classroom
  • Apps covered in session:
    • Infinite Marimba
    • Ratatap Drums
    • IamGuitar
    • Congas
    • Pipa
    • Erhu
    • I play Chinese drum
    • Tabla
    • iSteelPan
    • Autoharp
    • Noteflight