Remote, Hybrid or In-Person Teaching for the General Music Teacher & More

August 10September 6, 2020

COVID-19 has presented teachers with the challenge of teaching with technology. The next academic year may very well bring about a sea change in the way music instruction is delivered. This course is offered as a preparation for that possibility and as a means to provide meaningful instruction using relevant technology. We will review versatile apps that can be powerful tools to ensure that purposeful play remains at the core of music education, even as the integrity of the music curriculum is maintained. Teachers will explore, learn and demonstrate understanding of these apps by creating customized lessons, engaging activities and assessments for their students. The apps covered in this course include Seesaw, iMovie, Acapella, YouTube, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Padlet, Flipgrid, Quizizz and Chrome Music Lab, Edpuzzle, among others.

Instructors: 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.

Dr. Robert Amchin

Amchin,_RobDr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education at the University of Louisville (KY) where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including elementary methods, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, secondary general music, research, and foundations classes. He also supervises student teachers. He studied at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Amchin was an elementary music specialist in Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence. He has taught Orff teacher-training courses and workshops around the world including invitations to Finland, China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland and Canada. In addition, he has presented at numerous American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) professional development conferences.

Dr. Amchin has contributed to various publications and projects related to music teaching and learning. He has published collections of compositions and arrangements for elementary children. His most recent publications include a collection of Jewish and Hebrew songs arranged for school-age children, published as a supplement to the American Edition of Orff Schulwerk and Modal Mosaic, a set of original elemental pieces for Orff ensemble.

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