Recorders, ukuleles, autoharps, barred instruments, bucket and world music drums, classroom percussion, body percussion, movement – the list goes on. These instruments and techniques have found their way into general music programs even as they may be Kodály-, Orff- or Dalcroze-inspired approaches to music education. This course is designed to deliver strategies and skills to integrate these instruments purposefully while maintaining the integrity of the curricular framework. In addition, approaches to establish a strong sequential curricular framework for developing musical concepts of rhythm, pitch, expression, harmony, form, style, etc., aligning the framework with the teacher’s affinity and expertise in one or more of the prevalent approaches, are thoroughly addressed. The course will include instructors who are master ukulele, recorder and drum teachers and will be framed by a curriculum specialist who will weave all the different strands into a coherent curricular sequence.
Instructor: Manju Durairaj
Manju 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.