TECHing the Elementary Music Classroom


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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 like PowerPoint (Google Slides), SMART Notebook, and/or tablet apps like Seesaw, Book Creator, Explain Everything, Educreations, Socrative, and GarageBand. The course will also address STEAM projects and Google Classroom in the elementary general music setting. This course is packed with animated visuals, presentations, iPad/tablet activities, and SMART Board/interactive whiteboard application templates, lessons, activities and assessments for Pre-K–5 general music teachers.
Participants 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. Participants will create digital manipulatives, engaging lesson activities and assessments using templates provided and will customize these to their own curriculum. 

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.



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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 summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

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TEChing the Elementary Music Classroom

Instructor: Manju Durairaj
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
Course Code:7778
Char Sessions:
No Chat sessions required
Required text(s):
*Students are responsible for purchasing their required materials.
Technology in Today’s Music Classroom
by Manju Durairaj
ISBN-10: 1480391425
ISBN-13: 978-1480391420

InterAct with Music Assessment (Level 2) 
by Manju Durairaj
ISBN-10: 1480386901
ISBN-13: 978-1480386907
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Internet access is required.


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