Designed for Your Needs
Music Education Center of America
At VanderCook, continuing education is about more than just earning graduate credit. Our graduate-level courses are designed to present practical knowledge and skills that teachers can use in their classrooms immediately.
The MECA Continuing Education Program offers a variety of graduate courses designed for your needs as a band, choral, string or general music teacher. These practical courses are immediately useful and can be a first step to a master’s degree, or a vital part of your professional development. All MECA courses qualify as electives for VanderCook’s Master of Music Education Degree.
Since its founding, VanderCook’s practical curriculum has trained teachers with strong character, skill in the process of teaching, and respect for music’s role in our culture.
Rejuvenate yourself for the school year. Learn from nationally recognized teachers, composers, conductors and performers while treating yourself to the delights of the city of Chicago. We look forward to seeing you at VanderCook!
Late Spring Courses
- Beginner Strings, Retention, and Community in the Orchestra with Dr. Yvonne Davila-Cortes
- Songwriting Practicum for Teachers with Marc Evan Diaz
- Teaching and Learning Using GarageBand in the Music Classroom with Rick & Amy Palese
- Children’s Literature and Poems in the Music Classroom with Thom Borden
Orff Schulwerk Registration
Spend two weeks at VanderCook College of Music, in the beautiful city of Chicago, learning the fundamental principles of the Orff Approach.
The Orff levels meet Monday through Friday, July 10 -14 and Monday through Friday, July 17-21, classes are from 8 am-4 pm.
Summer MECA 2023
Registration is open for our 2023 Summer MECA Term. Take a course online, on-campus, or off-campus.
Save $15 if you register before April 14!
Thank you to our Sponsor!
Anthem Musical Instruments Inc – Silver Sponsor
“The MECA courses at VanderCook have improved my approach to teaching music in a way that is more pragmatic, fun, and creative. The MECA program has helped rejuvinate my passion for teaching children”
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.