Sing, Say, Dance, and Play in a Culturally Responsive Way

Webinar 1: Focus on India

 with Manju Durairaj

This series focuses on culturally responsive teaching, multiculturalism and social justice education in the general music classroom. Students can collaborate and create together, using protocols defined for culturally responsive classrooms. Multiculturalism celebrates diversity and centers around creating positive social interactions across difference. Culturally Responsive teaching centers around affective and cognitive aspects of teaching and learning and makes intentional and deliberate differentiations to instruction that tailor learning to aspects of the student’s culture. Social Justice education creates lenses to recognize and interrupt inequitable patterns and practices in society.

Through movement, body percussion, songs, chants, and games, Manju models culturally responsive teaching as best practice for virtual, in-person, or hybrid teaching situations.

In addition to the materials, all registrants will be provided access to a recording of the workshop so that you can watch as your schedule allows.

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

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 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. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Her continuing teaching education courses on campus and online, include early childhood, general music methods, curriculum design, technology, Orff Schulwerk, and assessment and standards. She is an AOSA approved Orff Schulwerk Level 1 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.

Sing, Say, Dance, and Play


one time payment

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 feel refreshed and inspired! What a beautiful and rich presentation. Thank you so much Manju and Teaching with Orff!"

Emily B.
Music Educator

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