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Profiles in Teaching with Technology

S3 E20: Robby Burns

Robby Burns is a music educator and freelance percussionist in Maryland.

Robby's teaching experience ranges from elementary school through university ensembles. He is currently an employee of the Howard County Public School System where he teaches band and music at Ellicott Mills Middle School and co-directs the HCPSS Middle School Honor Band. Outside of his daily music teaching responsibilities, Robby maintains an active private percussion teaching studio out of his home. Many of his students are now music majors in college, have been accepted into district and regulary called upon as a adjudicator, arranger, ensemble coach, and clinican.

Robby has presented sessions at music education conferences all over the country on the subjects of musical performance and technology. Robby's first book, Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers, published by Oxford University Press, is available now. He writes and speaks about music, education, and technology on his blog and podcast, Music Ed Tech Talk.

As a freelance percussionist, Robby has performed with the Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Robby has also worked with a variety of local music projects including rock cello quartet, Primitivity, and nine-piece funk band, The Superland Stage Band.

Robby holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied percussion.

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