Online courses are held from June 10 through August 2, 2019.

Dates for on-campus courses vary; please check each course's page for specific dates.

Online Course Registration Deadline:
May 31, 2019
2019 Summer Tuition:
3-Credit Courses: $1,020
1-Credit Courses: $340
Course times:
3-Credit Courses:
Monday–Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2-Credit Courses:
Monday–Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1-Credit Courses:
Monday–Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Contact our Director of Continuing Education by email at or by phone at 312.788.1139.







VanderCook Summer 2019
MECA Continuing Education Courses

Registration Open Now!



WEEK 1: JUNE 10–14, 2019

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist with Dr. James Yakas & Keith Aleo

Band Instrument Repair with Gary Everett & Bill Rife

Social & Emotional Learning in Music Education with Dr. Scott Edgar

It’s All in the Planning with Keith Ozsvath & Travis Weller

Shed Fest: A Colloquium for the General & Performance Classroom with Bob Habersat
& Paul Levy


WEEK 2: JUNE 17–21, 2019

Pop Ensemble: Play, Teach, Understand with Rick Palese

Efficient & Effective Rehearsal Techniques for the MS & HS Orchestra with Frank Lestina
& Gabriel Villasurda

WEEK 3: JUNE 24–28, 2019

World Rhythms: Drum, Strum & Sing World Music with Kalani Das

The Complete Band Director: Success On & Off the Podium with Dr. Charles Menghini

First Steps in Music with John Feierabend

The Greatest Generation...of Choral Music with Stan McGill & guests


WEEK 4: JULY 1–3, 2019

Empowering Students to Make Musical Decisions with Charles "Chip" Staley

Purposeful Pathways to Functional Harmony with Roger Sams 

"WHERE ARE WE??" Teaching Choir Students to Read Music with Catherine DeLanoy


WEEK 5: JULY 8–12, 2019

Teaching in Diverse Communities with Tom Bracy

Songwriting & Composition for the Classroom with Michael Miles


WEEK 6: JULY 15–19, 2019

Conducting Gestures & Teaching Methods That Inspire Young Musicians with Brian Balmages,
Craig Kirchhoff, Charles "Chip" Staley, William Jastrow & Steve Squires

Zero to Jazz: Methods for the Modern Classroom with Bob Habersat & Paul Levy

The Wonder of Weston Noble with Dr. Robert Sinclair


WEEK 7: JULY 22–26, 2019

Gospel Music Pedagogies for the Classroom with Dr. Jason Thompson

Orff Schulwerk Curriculum & Design with Jean Hersey & Cynthia Seputis 

Japanese Band Philosophies & Methods with Glen Schneider, Mark Humphreys,
James Lambrecht & Benjamin Das 


JULY 22–23, 2019

Chromebook Immersion for the K-8 General Music Teacher

Instructor: Stefani Langol


JULY 25–26, 2019

iPad Immersion for the K-8 General Music Teacher

Instructor: Stefani Langol


WEEK 8: JULY 29–AUGUST 2, 2019

The Power of the Percussion Ensemble with Dr. James Yakas & Clif Walker


July 8-19, 2019


Orff Schulwerk Level I

with Jean Hersey, Cynthia Seputis (Recorders), Ben Torres (Movement)


Orff Schulwerk Level II

with Drue Bullington, Cynthia Seputis (Recorders), Ben Torres (Movement)


Orff Schulwerk Level III

with Vivian Murray-Caputo, Cynthia Seputis (Recorders), Ben Torres (Movement)



JUNE 10–AUGUST 2, 2019


Noteflight Learn Educator Certification with Stefani Langol

Guitar for the Music Educator: Level I with Matt Hudson

Guitar for the Music Educator: Level II with Matt Hudson

Upright & Electric Bass: Level I with Doug Bistrow

From Rehearsal to the Concert Hall with Glen Schneider

Sibelius Music Notation with Vincent Leonard

TECHing the Elementary Curriculum: Integrating Technology Into the 21st Century General Music Classroom with Manju Durairaj

Music Educators as Influencers: Policy, Trends & Issues in Education with Mark Reid

Relational Pedagogy: Community, Culture & Leadership in Your Music Program with Mark Reid

Build, Maintain & Champion an Enduring High Quality Music Program with Charles "Chip" Staley 

Digital Assessment Tools for the Band, Orchestra & Choral Director with Keith Ozsvath

Music Student Portfolios Using Google Slides & Reflective Practices with Glen Scheinder

Jazz Arranging from Combo to Big Band with Vince Leonard

Business 101 for the Music Director with Tom Bracy

Production Through Performance: A New Approach to Music Technology with Bob Habersat

Music, the Brain & Learning with Elizabeth Allison

No Budget Needed: Enhance Your Program’s Administration, Organization & Communication Using Google with Lisa Hatfield 

Scoring for Band with Ken Snoeck

Women’s Choir Literature from the Renaissance to the Contemporary with Dr. Lisa Fredenburgh

Music Composition for Media with Chee-Ping Ho

The Percussion Section Unpacked: World Percussion Instruments with Zachary Himelhoch

Standards-Based Learning, Grading & Reporting the Music Classroom with Greg Scapillato

Beyond Singing: A Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program with Stan McGill

Web Design for Your School Music Program: Connecting to Your Community with Stefani Langol

Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Literature with Dr. Jay Gilbert

Best Practices from the Podium with Charles "Chip" Staley


VanderCook College of Music is an independent, not-for-profit, degree-granting institution,
fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Music. VanderCook’s teacher certification programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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