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Remote & Online Learning for Elementary General Music Teachers

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Fall MECA Online Courses
All Fall MECA online courses
are generally held from
Sept. 21 through Dec. 13, 2020,
unless specified.


Registration for
all online courses
closes at 11:59 p.m. CST
on Sept. 13, 2020 


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Remote & Online Learning
for Elementary
General Music Teachers

ONLINE
September 21December 13, 2020

This course will support teachers who are trying to facilitate remote and/or online learning quickly. It is designed for all music teachers regardless of whether they have limited or considerable expertise with technology applications like PowerPoint (Google Slides), SMART Notebook, and/or tablet apps like Seesaw, Book Creator, Socrative and GarageBand/Soundtrap. Video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft apps will be introduced. Teachers will learn to create worksheets, flash cards and visuals, choice boards, videos and screencasts, and how to upload to and use YouTube. Seesaw, the digital portfolio app will be discussed in detail. Activities and templates will be shared to help teachers create and customize to their needs.

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.

Course Details

Remote & Online Learning
for Elementary General
Music Teachers


Instructors
Manju Durairaj & Dr. Robert Amchin

Tuition
No Credit
Course Code 7010A
$199, due in full with registration

1 Graduate credit
Course Code 7010B
$355, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
TBD

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
None

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

 

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