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Creating a Responsive General Music Classroom

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conclude on July 31, 2020.

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Creating a Responsive General Music Classroom

ONLINE
June 8–July 31, 2020

This course adapts the responsive classroom approach to PreK-8 general music teaching. Teachers will customize responsive classroom principles to build a sense of community, design rules with the students, establish routines in the music class, teach students to meet expectations, use effective teacher language, and design music lessons that facilitate social interaction. These principles will help general music students learn to use 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation in the music room.

Teachers will adapt the responsive classroom shared practices in the music class by sharing and learning new energizers, facilitating opening greetings and closing circles, planning transitions, developing logical consequences, organizing interactive learning structures for students to engage with music curricular content, developing skills by interactive modeling, and using intentional language to enable students to be engaged in their learning. The objective of this course is to develop practices that will help teachers build a joyful and engaging musical community.

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.
 

Course Details

Creating a Responsive
General Music Classroom


Course Code 7060

Instructor
Manju Durairaj

2 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$700, 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.

Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. 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, visit 
www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative 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!

Transcript requests can be made online using the Transcript Request Form. Any inquiries regarding transcripts should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 312.788.1151. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

 

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