An Orff Celebration: Models of Process Teaching

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An Orff Celebration:
Models of Process Teaching

June 7August 1, 2021

This course provides a deep look into planning and process teaching within the Orff Schulwerk approach. The guest clinicians in this 12-week course offer thoughtful perspectives on exploration, improvisation and composition through movement; body percussion; and instrument playing including recorder, ukulele, barred instruments and classroom percussion. Composing in elemental style for Orff teachers, composing with iconic notation with students, drawing inspiration from the Music for Children volumes and supplemental materials are just a few of the topics included in the course. Participants will use the models demonstrated to design their own lessons customized for their teaching environment.

Guest Clinicians

June 7: Robert Amchin
June 14: Drue Bullington
June 21: Brian Burnett
June 28: Chris Judah Lauder
July 5: Asynchronous
July 12: Matthew Stensrud
July 19: Rob Delgaudio
July 26: Manju Durairaj

Instructor: Manju Durairaj

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012Manju Durairaj (MMEd ‘03) 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. Durairaj is certified in Orff Schulwerk, having completed her levels training at VanderCook, George Mason University, University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She currently teaches PreK-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, 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.
An Orff Celebration:
Models of Process Teaching

Course Code 7411

Manju Durairaj

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

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