TECHing the General Music Classroom

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TECHing the General Music Classroom: Integrating Technology in the 21st Century 
GM Classroom

September 23December 15, 2019

This course lays the foundation for integrating technology effectively in the music classroom while maintaining the integrity of an existing active music-making curriculum within a 21st century curricular framework. The course is designed for all music teachers regardless of whether they have limited or considerable expertise with technology applications such as PowerPoint (Google Slides), SMART Notebook, and/or tablet apps including Seesaw, Book Creator, Explain Everything, Educreations, Flipgrid, Socrative, and GarageBand.

This course is packed with animated visuals, presentations, iPad/Chromebook/tablet activities, and SMART Board/interactive whiteboard application templates, lessons, activities and assessments for PreK-8 general music teachers. While this course is designed for all teachers, teachers using the Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, or Music Learning Theory approaches can enhance their instruction with digital manipulatives, engaging center activities and assessments using templates provided. Each assignment may be customized to the curriculum of each participating teacher.

Course Learning Objectives: 

  • Analyze and assess existing curriculum, review curricular frameworks, to identify specific areas to begin creating resources.
  • Use various apps to create manipulatives, lessons, assessments, and activities for the general music program.
  • Create animated activities in Powerpoint or similar Presentation App
  • Create lessons and assessments using Smart Notebook applications
  • Design and Administer activities and assessments using templates and rubrics.
  • Create and manage digital portfolios in Seesaw
  • Become acquainted a variety of apps in general music education
  • Discuss Arts Integration in STEM

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

TECHing the General Music Classroom

Course Code 7379
Instructor: Manju Durairaj

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,050,
due in full with registration.
Online Chat Sessions
Required Text(s)
Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Mac, PC or Chromebook, connected to the Internet.
Basic computer skills are required such as setting up accounts, creating usernames & passwords, uploading & downloading files, basic typing skills, and familiarity using the Internet.


MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( 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 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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