Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details to Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.

For Professional Development hosted by PMEA or NAfME, see the Professional Development Opportunities page of the PMEA Website.


Berks Youth Chorus Cancels Women in the Arts Concert

With deepest concerns for the safety and welfare of the community, BYC is canceling their 28th annual spring concert, which was previously scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, 4 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. The concert had been scheduled as part of Celebration of Women in the Arts, a community-wide initiative.

Berks Youth Chorus is a premier choral ensemble that offers high quality vocal instruction for children and youth who want to learn to sing or build on their existing talent. Singers from diverse neighborhoods, cultures, religions, and economic strata come together, make music, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

With headquarters and rehearsals located in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and Nativity Lutheran Church, and through community engagement projects such as Summer Sing and All Stars, BYC is dedicated to making its life-changing musical opportunities accessible to all children. Singers represent school districts, private schools and home schools throughout Berks County.

The concert season is supported by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and Reading Musical Foundation.


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 ( 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.


10th World Alliance for Arts Education International Summit

The 10th World Alliance for Arts Education International Summit will be held Oct 26-29, 2020 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The purpose of the conference is to bring together arts education professionals world-wide to share the latest research, thought and practice in arts education assessment and evaluation. Primary, secondary and higher education professionals, arts education researchers, policymakers, and national, state and local education officials are invited to submit proposals, due March 20, 2020.


Singing Equality across America and Around the World  

World Unity Inc. is spearheading a program, “Singing Equality across America and around the World.”  The song, “We All See the Star,” by John Ciambriello was performed at the United Nations in 2015 and it inspired the program.

  • The song is available in three keys and backtracks, register for the music sheets at :
  • View video of 800 children singing song and performing verse in sign language at
  • The audio/video library has a video of two women performing the song in sign language.  It’s the 6th video.

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  • Simple lesson plan available, attached are some of the responses from students to questions in a discussion.