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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
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sundays:   8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
 
All single-credit weekend courses
will have pre- and post-course
components. Check each course's
page for specific details.
 
On-campus housing
information coming soon!
 
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For other MECA-related questions, contact us at meca@vandercook.edu
or 312.788.1139.

Students with Special Needs in Music Education

ONLINE:
September 23December 15, 2019

Teaching music to students with special needs requires skills and dispositions not always taught in undergraduate programs. Through the use of appropriate adaptations and modifications students can succeed, at their own pace, in any music classroom or ensemble. This course emphasizes the importance of the personhood and dignity of all students, a knowledge of litigation and legislation regarding students with special needs in music, and a practical approach to meeting the needs of all students in any music classroom setting.

Instructor: Dr. Alice Hammel

IMG_20130610_090719Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year (2018), is a widely known music educator, author and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. She also teaches online courses through many institutions throughout the United States. She has also maintained a large, independent flute studio for over 25 years.

Dr. Hammel travels widely to universities during the school year to serve as in-residence scholar in the area of students with special needs. This travel, combined with state, national and international conference headline and keynote presentations, keeps Dr. Hammel well-informed of the needs of both pre-service and in-service music educators. During summer months, Dr. Hammel teaches in graduate programs for music educators around the United States. Her expertise in those teaching situations ranges from musicianship, pedagogy, and teaching students who learn differently. This wide demand places her in close collaboration with PreK-12 music educators who are seeking to become better teachers and musicians.

Dr. Hammel is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach (2nd ed., 2017), Teaching Music to Students with Autism; Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings; and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource (2017). Dr. Hammel has contributed chapters to several Oxford University Press resources including Composing Our Future (Kaschub and Smith, eds.) and Exceptional Pedagogy (McCord and Blair, eds.). She has also written chapters for GIA and Routlege Publication resources. Dr. Hammel is a contributing author to a variety of resources available through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and has published widely in music, arts, special and general education journals.

Course Details

Students with Special Needs
in Music Education

Course Code 7449
 
Instructor: Dr. Alice Hammel
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,050
Special Promotion! Register
by August 30 for only $995!
 
Tuition due in full with registration.
 
Online Chat Sessions
Session dates & times TBD
 
Prerequisites
None
 
Required Text(s)
Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach (2nd ed.)
by Alice Hammel & R. Hourigan
(Oxford University Press)

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource by Alice Hammel
(Oxford University Press)
 
Students are responsible for purchasing their required materials.
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.
 

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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