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Spring 2021 MECA, Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Seesaw & Technology for Music Teachers (Beginner Level)


June 7-July 3, 2021

Course Code

7421A & 7421B


0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199, due in full with registration Course Code 7421A. $355, due in full with registration Course Code 7421B.


Note: This is a 4-week course.

This course is for teachers who are looking to acquire basic technology skills in addition to being introduced to Seesaw. This course is designed for beginners and is for teachers who are new to Seesaw or have a basic knowledge of Seesaw.

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 course leads them through step-by-step processes of navigating Seesaw, using the existing tools within Seesaw to create exceptional content including inserting videos, drag and drop, erase to reveal, screen recording, melodic and rhythmic dictation, creating worksheets and choice boards, linking to create games or linking to sites. This course is also designed for teachers who feel that they do not have more than a functional knowledge of technology, and will take them through the basics of creating videos using Loom or Screencastify and designing worksheets and templates in Google Slides. Google Apps and Classroom, Chrome Music Lab and Chrome extensions will be discussed.

Credit Options & Tuition
No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 7421A

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 7421B


Chat Session

TBD. Sessions are optional and will be recorded for self-paced practice.



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

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

The evening  before your class begins, 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

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

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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