This workshop addresses a growing need for building empathy in young students so that they can negotiate the world in a healthy and responsible manner. The workshop also illustrates optimal use of interactive technology like interactive boards, ipads and tablets within an active music making setting. Through movement, singing, playing instruments, body percussion, active listening, and composing activities students work cooperatively, think critically, and refer to collaboration rubrics while developing creative solutions to issues of bullying, gender identity, refugee and immigrant situations, poverty, racial and ethnic similarities and differences, and being labeled and stereotyped.
The empathy building activities are inspired by multicultural music, dance, and diverse children’s books. Children’s literature may be used to build awareness and acceptance of self and others while working toward a common musical objective. Multicultural music and dance are effective conduits into foreign cultures. When handled with respect and integrity, these can be accessed and performed by students outside the native culture with the understanding that the interpretation of the music is framed within parameters of the music teacher’s knowledge of the culture, and its duplication using available materials, instruments, and resources.
Dates: February 9, 2018 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
February 10, 2018 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Instructor: Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is also certified in Orff- Schulwerk, completing her levels at George Mason University, with master classes at 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 past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She teaches technology, curriculum, and general music teacher training courses at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. She was on the Diversity Commission of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She has presented at ISME, AOSA, OAKE, NAfMe, MKMEA, IMEA, ILMEA, WMEA, TMEA and other international and national conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, and Technology in Today’s Music Classroom.
- Pre-registration (register by 2/2/18)
- Member* $130
- Non-Member $145
- Undergraduate FREE
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for an additional fee of $220. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form and mail it with a check for $220 (payable to Viterbo University) to:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
- View the course syllabus (pdf)
- Viterbo Registration Form (pdf)
- Visit the Graduate Credit Information page for more details and to sign-up for credit.
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