This “reverse-engineer” course is designed to provide effective tools for developing and implementing an active music-making curriculum that continually evolves to integrate best practices. Explore the rudiments of designing, implementing and customizing a music curriculum using the backward-design process which begins with the end goals. Learn to create templates and strategies for designing a scope and sequence that may be aligned with standards, and how to establish sequential curricular grade-level objectives. Best practices for planning, presenting and implementing lessons and assessments that develop 21st century skills for learning, while incorporating available technology, are thoroughly covered. Resources include movement, folk dance, song, story, poetry, speech, instruments, children’s literature, active listening, improvisation, and composition materials. Curriculum development, lesson plans, and assessment rubrics and templates will be provided.
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.
SUMMER ONLINE COURSE DETAILS
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 12. The week prior to June 12, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 12, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!