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“I expected excellence and VanderCook delivered above and beyond that. I would recommend this to anyone."

You should get more out of a continuing education course than just graduate credit. You should return to your students with new ideas, new strategies and renewed energy. VanderCook's Music Education Center of America (MECA) Continuing Education program offers graduate courses for teachers seeking practical knowledge and skills that can be used in their classrooms immediately. Up to 12 credits earned in MECA classes can be applied to a Master of Music Education degree at VanderCook College of Music. 

Three MECA Terms Offered Each Year

All MECA courses are designed and scheduled with the working educator in mind. The summer term takes place from early June to early August. A wide variety of week-long courses are available on campus in addtion to online and off-campus offerings. Course schedules are posted, and registration typically opens in mid-March. 

Fall courses are offered from September through December in a variety of formats: single-weekend, multiple-Saturday, flexible-credit, and hybrid courses are offered on campus, in addition to online and off-campus offerings. Course schedules are posted, and registration typically opens in early August.

Spring courses are offered from February through May in a variety of formats: single-weekend, multiple-Saturday and flexible-credit courses are offered on campus, in addition to online and off-campus offerings. Course schedules are posted, and registration typically opens in mid-November.

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Browse the Current Course Brochure

Take a moment to browse our course offerings to see if there's a class that's right for you. You can find the most recently published brochure, along with brochures from past terms HERE

What Your Colleagues are Saying about MECA

"As a student at VanderCook, I received real-life, useable information every day. In each class I was able to glean so many tools to add to my daily repertoire that would work instantly with my students. I was also surrounded by many other colleagues with whom I was able to share ideas, challenges and successes."

"I'm glad I have the experience at VanderCook reminding me to continue to strive for excellence with my students."

"I was quite impressed with the professionalism and practicality that VanderCook offered. I have been armed with a great deal of knowledge and materials that I will be able to transfer into my teaching immediately."


If you have additional questions about the MECA Continuing Education program or VanderCook College of Music, please contact Patrick Benson, Director of Continuing Education & Outreach, at 312.788.1139 or via email at


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