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Spring 2021 MECA, Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Seesaw & Technology for Music Teachers (Intermediate & Advanced Level)


June 7-July 3, 2021

Course Code

7431A & 7431B


0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199, due in full with registration Course Code 7431A. $355, due in full with registration Course Code 7431B.


This mini course is for teachers who have more than a basic knowledge of Seesaw and are looking for more ideas and inspiration to design creative and engaging activities. These could be built in Seesaw, in Google Slides or using other apps that integrate with Seesaw like Explain Everything, Book Creator, GarageBand, Chrome Music Lab and more. Virtual Music Rooms, Jeopardy style, Escape Room and other engaging games, Google Classroom integration, Jamboard, Pear Deck, Nearpod, and Chrome Extensions will be discussed.

Teachers will:

  • Create an activity structure that aligns with the purpose and goal of your lesson.
  • Create a multipage, station-based, workshop-based, and choice board activity.
  • Design a blend of screen-free and reflection-based activities to engage your students.
  • Integrate scratch off, spotlights, magnifiers, dice, and timers into your activities.
  • Identify best practices for creating activities whether you are teaching face to face or remote.
  • Share your activities with other teachers
  • Embed screencasts, video, and audio in activities to support all learners.
  • Practice, discuss, brainstorm, and share your activity ideas with other educators.

Credit Options & Tuition
No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 7431A

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 7431B



Chat Session

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



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

Adjunct Faculty, 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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