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August Online MECA, Late Fall 2020 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Seesaw & Connected Apps for the Music Teacher


November 16-December 13, 2020

Course Code

6750 A11 & 6750 B11


0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199, due in full with registration Course Code 6750 A11. $355, due in full with registration Course Code 6750 B11.


Seesaw is an incredibly powerful digital portfolio app that provides a platform for music students to actively engage in music making and for music teachers to create, assess and organize lessons and activities. This mini course leads teachers through step-by-step processes of navigating Seesaw and creating exceptional content using screencasting apps like Loom, Screencastify and Screencast-o-matic; presentation apps like Google Slides, PowerPoint, Explain Everything and Book Creator; and music creation apps like Chrome Music Lab, GarageBand, BandLab and Soundtrap. Creating choice boards, bitmoji virtual music rooms, integrating children’s literature, poetry, movement, recorder, ukulele instruction and more will be discussed. Assessment criteria, connections to standards, interactive drag and drop activities, linking to websites, integration with Google Classroom and small or large group collaboration will help all teachers create meaningful experiences for students irrespective of in-person, hybrid or remote methods of instruction.


No Credit
Course Code 6750 A11
$199, due in full with registration

1 Graduate Credit
Course Code 6750 B11
$355, due in full with registration


Chat Session

Mondays 4pm-5pm CDT. Attending weekly Zoom sessions is not mandatory, recordings will be made available for teachers who can not attend. Please contact the instructor at [email protected] for more information.



Required Text(s)


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.

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