You're gonna be Popular! Including popular music in your classroom and performances

Thursday, January 10, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Audience Participation
Elementary Popular Music
Grade Levels
Sponsored By
Orff Arrangments
Powerpoint Slides


Traditional music education is evolving as is the music student. Including socially relevant music within the traditional curriculum is very possible. This session will introduce various techniques and examples of popular music education as well as how popular music can supplement the current curriculum. Those in attendance will walk away with a few arrangements and knowledge on how to introduce non-traditional instruments (ukes, guitars, and ipads) into their classroom.

Christopher L. Burns 

Lakeview Elementary School
Music Teacher

Christopher Burns currently teaches elementary music at Lakeview Elementary School in Saint Cloud, Florida. He received his B.M.E. from the University of Central Florida and his M.M.E. from Boston University and is currently working towards a PhD in Music Education from the University of South Florida with interests in New Media integration as well as Creativity in the elementary classroom.
Christopher has taught Arts Integration and Music Technology at UCF and USF. He has presented workshops in several states around the country on various topics such as creativity, gender roles in music, and technology.
He is currently a Co-chair for Elementary Music in Osceola County as well as a member of the county curriculum team.

Session Coordinator:
Lee Gavlick

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.