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Teaching Theory At The Secondary Level (Online)


This course will explore various topics related to teaching theory at the middle and high school levels, and will include topics related to the AP Theory test. Material on both the fundamental and advanced levels will be addressed. Concepts concerning written theory and aural skills, available materials, and the creation of lesson plans will be covered.

All students must attend the Aural Skills Weekend scheduled for March 8-9, 2014, at VanderCook. Tuition for this course includes the cost of the Aural Skills Weekend; additional registration is not required. One hour audio-video chat sessions will be held on Feb. 12 and 26, March 19, and April 2 and 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Central Time. 

Required text: Teaching Approaches in Music Theory by Michael Rogers (ISBN 0-8093-2595-2).

Instructor: Mary Ann Krupa

Krupa_headshotMary Ann Krupa has been with VanderCook since 1993 and has extensive teaching and performing experience. She received a master of music and a bachelor of music in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music. Her numerous solo and chamber music performances include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Carnegie Hall, WFMT, the Unity Temple Series, and the Beverly Art Center. Ms. Krupa served as music director and rehearsal pianist for numerous musicals for Village Players, Triton College and Open Door Repertory Company. She has acted as accompanist for William Ferris Chorale, Goodman School of Drama, and varied vocal and instrumental studios. She is also in her 16th year as music director for the CAST Program in Oak Park..



Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 3, 2017. All online courses will begin on February 6, 2017 and conclude on May 7, 2017.

Course Information

521/7514 Teaching Theory At The Secondary Level (Online)
3 graduate credits: $900 tuition, due in full with registration
2 graduate credits: $1,028 tuition, due in full with registration
MECA students (3-credit option): register for 7514
MMEd students (2-credit option): register for 521
Teaching Theory at the Secondary Level has two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll
in online courses at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register at the 7000 level. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at

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