2018-2019 Chapter Membership 

2018-2019 Workshop Schedule

  • September 29, 2018 – Manju Durairaj

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 and her apprenticeship at the San Francisco International Orff Course.

Manju currently teaches PreK-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is program chair and past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum and PreK-5 methods courses. 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, SMART Exemplary Educator and a Seesaw ambassador/trainer. Her continuing education courses, on campus and online, include early childhood, PreK-5 general music methods, curriculum, technology, Orff Schulwerk, and assessment and standards.

She is a frequent clinician at ISME AOSA, OAKE, NAfME and various other state, national, and international   conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, 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, 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.

  • October 20, 2018 – Kim McCord: Jazz in the Elementary General Music Classroom  — Workshop Registration

Kimberly McCord is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Illinois State University and currently teaches at Central Connecticut State University. Her books include Chop Monster, Jr. a jazz language tutor (improvisation) for elementary general music and Together We Can Improvise for elementary music and creative drama. She is on the Board for the International Society for Music Education (ISME), has held leadership positions with the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), Jazz Education Network (JEN), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA), and the Connecticut Music Educators Association. She was the founder of the ISME Jazz Special Interest Group and the NAfME Jazz Society. McCord has worked on jazz projects for the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She co-directed an after-school jazz Orff group for students in grades 4-8 at the ISU Metcalf Lab School that performed at the 2016 JEN Conference, the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference, and the American Jazz Museum.  The Metcalf OrffCats recorded in the famous Studio B in Nashville and guitarist Stephanie Chow received the DownBeat magazine award for outstanding middle school musician.

This is a hands-on session exploring developmentally appropriate methods for teaching children to feel swing and to improvise through singing and playing Orff and classroom instruments. A variety of activities engage children in feeling accented counts two and four. The swing triplet is introduced with strategies for teaching groove to children.

Songs are kid-centered and connect with popular jazz themed storybooks and recordings of famous jazz musicians.  Participants will experience a handful of activities that can be used to engage children in the joy of feeling swing.

  • March 2, 2019 – Meg Tietz & Andrew Ellingsen (Sunshine State Workshop with Central FL Orff, in Winter Garden, FL)
  • April 13, 2019 – Chapter Share: Make & Take


Local Workshop Times & Location:
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
St. Pete College
6605 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
HS building, room 117



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