Same Yet Different: Diversity and Inclusion, and Orff Schulwerk
Presented by Manju Durairaj
Addressing diversity and inclusion has become increasingly relevant in education. As teachers we are aware of the growing need to create and expand an increasingly diverse learning environment that will best prepare our students to thrive in a complex society. Mindful music education makes aware the diversity in learning styles, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and family structure then explores instructional tools that deliberately work toward inclusion of all learners. In addition, in an effort to promote global citizenship there is a renewed impetus toward bringing music of other cultures into the classroom.
Judy Bond says in AOSA's WISDOM BLOG, "In the spirit of Orff Schulwerk, we believe that direct experience with active music making and movement comes first, followed by the time for reflection, discussion, and sharing ideas."
This spirit allows multicultural music to be approached with respect and experienced directly in the music classroom. It can be accessed and performed by students outside the culture with the clear understanding that the interpretation and performance of the music is framed within the perimeter of the teacher's knowledge of the culture and it's musical vocal and performance techniques. This classroom musical experience is dependent on available materials, instruments, and resources.
This workshop explores methods of accessing culturally diverse learners as well as teaching music from other cultures with integrity using familiar movement and music vocabulary. The process of the Orff Schulwerk becomes a conduit to explore and experience unfamiliar territory using familiar tools.
Saturday September 26, 2015
UW-Stevens Point, Noel Fine Arts Center, Room 201
Registration begins at 8:30am
Workshop is 9:00am-2:30pm, including a one hour lunch break (on your own)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.
Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied at the University of Pune, India, where she obtained a BS in Mathematics. 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 in music education 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-4 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She is also a SMART certified trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor in Elementary General Music at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. She is on the Diversity Commission of the National American Orff Schulwerk ASsociation and on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She has presented as 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.