TECHing the General Music Classroom: Integrating Technology Into the 21st Century General Music Classroom

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. 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. This course is packed with animated visuals, presentations, iPad/tablet activities, and SMART Board/interactive whiteboard application templates, lessons, activities and assessments for PreK-5 general music teachers. 

Participants will 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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