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All online MECA courses begin on
September 28 and conclude on December 15, 2019.
The registration deadline for online classes is Friday, September 13, at 12:00 noon CST.

Dates for on-campus courses vary; please check each course's page
for specific dates. Registration for all on-campus courses closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

 
Fall 2019 Promotion!
Register for any 3-credit course before August 30 for only $995 (a $55 savings)!
Beginning September 1, regular 3-credit tuition applies ($1,050 for 3 credits)

 
Promotional pricing does not apply to single-credit courses. Tuition must be paid in full in order to receive the promotional pricing.
 
On-Campus Course Hours
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Sundays:   8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
 
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Finale Music Notation Software

ONLINE:
September 23December 15, 2019

This course is designed for the K-12 educator who would like to explore and create notation projects using Finale 2014 software. Activities include creating custom worksheets for music theory, composition, performance, flash cards and more. Special attention will be given to creating warm-ups and arrangements for any ensemble including band, jazz, orchestra and chorus as well as custom SmartMusic accompaniments. Lesson projects will include participant-designed materials for immediate application in the curriculum. No previous experience with Finale is required! The course is designed for both Mac and PC versions of Finale.

Instructor: Vince Leonard

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Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World; Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation; and Musical iPad. In 1996, Leonard and fellow producer/engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Other compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
 
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.
 

Course Details

Finale Music Notation Software

Course Code 7049
 
Instructor: Vince Leonard
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,050
Special Promotion! Register
by August 30 for only $995!
 
Tuition due in full with registration.
 
Chat Sessions
None
 
Prerequisites
None
 
Required Text(s)
Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation (3rd ed.) 
by Thomas Rudolph
& Vince Leonard 
(Berklee Press, ISBN 087639123-4)
 
Students are responsible for purchasing their required materials.
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.
 
Students must have Finale (2012/Finale 26 or higher) in order to participate in this course.
 

MECA Online Course Details

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Fall MECA courses officially begin on Monday, September 28. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of September 28, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-December. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).
 

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