This course lays the foundation for integrating technology effectively in the music classroom while maintaining the integrity of an existing active music-making curriculum. The course is designed for all teachers regardless of whether they have limited or considerable expertise with technology applications like PowerPoint, SMART Notebook, ActivInspire, and/or tablet apps. Learn to integrate technology while establishing curricular objectives using movement, dance, song, story, poetry, speech, instruments, children’s literature, active listening, world music drumming/recorder/ukulele instruction, improvisation, and composition. Students may create digital manipulatives, engaging lesson activities and assessments using templates provided if necessary, and will customize these to their own curriculum. This course is packed with animated PowerPoint presentations; iPad/tablet activities; and SMART Board/interactive whiteboard application templates, lessons, activities and assessments for Pre-K–5 general music teachers. All activities may be extended to Promethean or other IWBs.


Instructor: Manju Durairaj

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.


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