21st Century General Music Education:
Making Instructrion and Learning Visible in Today's Music Classroom
From folk dancing around the world to assessment rubrics, from active music making to digital portfolios, from collaborative creativite work to independent composition, this workshop weaves together principles of curricular frameworks like Universal Design for Learning UDL, Teaching for Understanding, Understanding by Design, 21st Century Education, and Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework, in today’s general music classroom. Technology used purposefully can be a powerful tool for instruction and learning. General apps like PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Seesaw, Explain Everything, Book Creator, GarageBand, DoInk, Flipgrid, , Educreations, Madpad, Edpuzzle, Puppet Pals and more, provide options for creative instruction, centers, blended and flipped learning while organizing assessments for and of learning. Diverse children’s literature, multicultural music and dance provide culturally relevant material for culturally responsive teaching. Visible and accessible procedures and routines, and providing students with multiple means of representation, engagement and expression create a learning environment for every child to make music joyfully.
Manju teaches at the Latin School of Chicago, and is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College Chicago. She is program chair and past president of GCAOSA. 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 is SMART certified trainer and exemplary educator and a Seesaw ambassador/trainer. She has presented at national and international music education conferences as well as at Orff and Kodály chapters. 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.
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