This course is designed to help teachers create a play-based music curriculum with intentional activities that lay a strong foundation for music education in general and music literacy in particular. You’ll cultivate strategies, tools and resources to create a customized early childhood music and movement program. Trending early childhood curricula will be reviewed and referenced so that you can align your programs with current best practices that may be adapted to your teaching environ. Through children’s literature, nursery rhymes, poetry, singing, movement games, playing instruments, connecting to and creating art, and iPad activities, you'll experience and create musical concepts of rhythm, pitch, form, expression, and harmony that you can then decode and notate using graphic notation.


Instructor: Manju Durairaj

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in London, England, and was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (carnatic) and Western Music. She graduated with her second master's degree from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, completing her levels training at VanderCook College, George Mason University, University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Manju currently teaches Pre K-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She has presented at ISME, AOSA, OAKE, ILMEA, ECMMA, MKMEA and NAfME (formerly MENC) and has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.


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