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Fall 2020 MECA, Late Fall 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Redesigning & Adapting Curriculum for New Realities


September 21-December 13, 2020

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


COVID-19 and the heightened awareness of systemic inequities present music educators with the challenge of rethinking and redesigning teaching and learning. Effective and joyful teaching and learning practices of even the recent past need to be modified and redesigned, wisdom derived from the past needs to be maintained while new approaches, practices and processes need to be created for the present and the immediate future.

This course provides tools and strategies from learning new technology for delivering instruction and creating meaningful interactive content, to building, repairing and maintaining positive relationships, which is a major pillar of culturally responsive teaching.

Curated lessons and assessments can be redesigned and new ones can be created to integrate social justice standards of the Anti-Bias Framework, and the Arts standards. Teachers will focus on curriculum from the perspective of a culturally responsive practitioner. Rubrics for assessments for and of learning will be discussed. Apps include Seesaw, Google Apps, presentation apps, screencasting apps, apps for quizzes, and more.


Housing Information


Chat Session

Weekly; times TBD



Required Text(s)

Culturally Responsive Teaching
and the Brain
 by Zaretta Hammond

Responsive Classroom for Music,
Art, PE and Other Special Areas

(Responsive Classroom)

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


manju durairaj

Manju Durairaj

General Music

Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is vice president elect DEI of AOSA, past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Instructor. She is a certified Arts Integration specialist. She is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and elementary methods graduate and undergraduate courses. Her continuing teaching education courses, on campus and online, include Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching and Learning for 21st Century. She is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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