21st Century Orff Schulwerk: Making Responsive Teaching and Collaborative Learning Visible
Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Orff Schulwerk approach is one of the most sustainable practices in music education. It adapts and evolves with the times, without compromising child centered and child generated learning outcomes, even in a pandemic. This session illustrates the Orff Schulwerk approach using cultural information and processes to scaffold learning, emphasizes communal orientation, and focusing on relationships, cognitive scaffolding, and critical social awareness. This session provides ideas for using award winning books to design lessons and assessments that are framed in culturally responsive teaching, implementing purposeful inclusion strategies for collaborative learning, designing differentiated performance tasks to evoke creativity and higher order thinking skill, creating meaningful rubrics that assess learning, and structure feedback for growth and proficiency.
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 the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president elect for ILMEA elementary general music division, vice president elect DEI of AOSA, past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Teacher Educator. She is a certified Arts Integration specialist. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and elementary methods graduate, undergraduate and continuing teacher education courses. Her continuing teaching education courses, on campus and online, include Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching and Learning for 21st Century.
She is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.