APPs for Elemental Music Making

with Kate Bright and Manju Durairaj

Technology has become a necessity in our classrooms. Despite the bewildering array of apps available to us, all that may be required are just one or two purposefully selected apps to create engaging lessons for joyful music making, to stay connected with our students and to maintain our relationships with them. Students can continue to explore, create, improvise, compose and collaborate while staying connected through digital devices.

In this webinar, Kate and Manju demonstrate a few applications for engaging music making for teaching in a pandemic, be it remote, in- person or hybrid. They showcase various lessons and activities that they are using in their programs to continue process teaching in these difficult times.

Apps demonstrated include Google Chrome Experiments, Seesaw, Quizziz, Blooket, Soundtrap, GarageBand, Explain Everything, PowerPoint, Keynote, Jamboard, Google Slides and Add ons. Demonstrations include how to create play-along videos and random generators like dice and spinners, using Soundtrap, Seesaw and more. Activities include composing with online tools, virtual instruments, using split screen, creating collaborative activities and games using random dice and spinners that teach and reinforce musical concepts of rhythm, melody, form.

You will be given access the workshop recording and downloadable materials from their presentation.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


Kate Bright

Kate Bright is a music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA, where she teaches approximately 600 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. She is president of the Greater Baltimore Area Orff Chapter, past-president of the Philadelphia Area Orff Chapter, and has presented workshops for many chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In 2015 she received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. She currently serves on the board of both ACEMM, Harrisburg Folk Dancers, and the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association. During the pandemic, Kate has kept busy by helping to moderate the MACAOSA Chapter's DEI book study and running the Elemental Musical Adventures Facebook group where members are challenged daily to experiment with music in many different ways.

Manju Durairaj

Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India and then was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnetic) 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. Maju currently teaches Lower School general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is program chair and past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is an adjust professor at VanderCook College of Music. Her continuing teaching education courses on campus and online, include early childhood, general music methods, curriculum design, technology, Orff Schulwerk, assessment, and standards. She is an AOSA approved Orff Schulwerk Level I instructor. 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.

APPs for Elemental Music Making


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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


"I loved the APPS webinar! I was inspired by the passion and energy modeled by both Kate and Manju. I will enjoy putting their knowledge and experience to practical use for my classes."

Joyce Anne W.
Music Educator

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