6805 General Music World Tour


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This course will provide general music teachers with resources to enrich their music curriculum. A survey of hands-on general music ideas from different cultures will be explored in three unique sessions. The first session, with Ron Korbitz, will explore American Folk Music and its European connections through singing, instruments and dance. The second session, with Manju Durairaj, will cover music and dances from the Indian subcontinent, with emphasis on the festivals of Diwali, Holi and Ramadan, as well as the tala and raga systems. The third session, with Michael Becker, will explore and play traditional panpipe ensemble music from the Andean region of South America, southern Africa and Lithuania. Instruments will be provided for this third session, with some available for purchase, if desired.

Instructors: Ron Korbitz, Manju Durairaj, & Michael Becker

Korbitz,_Ron_headshot_2015Ron Korbitz holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Ron is currently on faculty at Hill Middle School where he directs three curricular choirs, a young men's chorus, a young women's chorus and teaches general music and world music. Prior to his position at Hill, Ron taught K-5 general music and directed the chorus and choir chimes ensembles at Brookdale Elementary. He also directs the Mighty Messengers Children's Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle. In 2006, Mr. Korbitz joined the faculty at VanderCook College of Music teaching methods classes and serving as a research advisor for Master's Projects. Ron also worked for four years with Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago. During his tenure with Anima, the organization won the Chorus America Award for creative programming, his choirs toured in the Midwest and performed with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Many of the members of his Anima ensemble also performed at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has been a guest conductor and presenter and adjudicator throughout the Midwest. Ron is a member of NAfME, ILMEA, and is the Children's Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Illinois-ACDA.

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012Manju Durairaj 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. She graduated with her second master's degree from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, completing her levels training at VanderCook College, George Mason University, University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Manju currently teaches Pre K-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She 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.


Michael Becker received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from North Park University, and a Master of Music in Musicology from Roosevelt University. He is an adjunct member of the faculty of VanderCook College of Music, where he teaches the undergraduate and graduate music history and world music courses, and is co-facilitator of the community drum circle.  He also teaches world music courses at Waubonsee Community College and Saint Xavier University. Michael is also an active performer. He is a member of Digitally Correct Meta-Troubadours, a group dedicated to exploratory performance of improvised and semi-improvised music combining world music instruments with digital sound processing. He is also a co-founder of the Home Street Recorder Ensemble, a trio which performs recorder repertoire of the 13th-20th centuries. Michael collects and plays a variety of instruments, including Native American flute, and sells instruments from around the world through his business Native Sounds.



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Course Information

6805 General Music World Tour
1 graduate credit
Dates: March 28-29
Tuition: $310, due in full with registration
Location: VanderCook, Room 100

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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