Vander Cook Sign 1 1
Logo 2022 Light Reduced

Designed for Your Needs

Continuing Education

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!

FALL 2022

Registration will be open for Fall 2022 MECA Friday, August 5th.  If the course is full or canceled due to low enrollment, you will be contacted immediately. We will be able to answer your questions directly during normal business hours at [email protected]


Visit our MECA FAQs page.

Add, drop, change or withdraw using the Add/Drop Form.

For all other MECA-related questions, contact us

Featured Fall Course: WGIcon Indoor Marching Arts: A Retrospective September 10-11

Mark your calendars for the return of WGIcon taking place in New Orleans, LA, on September 10th and 11th. WGIcon is the ultimate educational event for all instructors, designers, technicians, and administrators of Percussion, Winds, and Color Guard groups around the globe!

Featuring motivational speakers and a wide array of professional development sessions, WGIcon offers you the chance to hear from leading educators, designers, and technicians on how they make their magic.

Discover. Connect. Create… and make some new super-friends along the way.

(Costumes not required.)

For more information about WGIcon, please visit:

Student Resources

2021-2022 College Catalog

2021-2022 Student Handbook

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Maria Pulido

MECA Student

“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.

Logo 2022 Light Reduced

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

© 2022 VanderCook College of Music. All Rights Reserved.
Scroll to Top