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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

A STEAM-Powered Music Room: Empowering Students Through Makerspaces

Date

June 6-July 2, 2022

Course Code

7472

Credits

1 Graduate Credit

Tuition

$355, due in full with registration

Overview

The students we teach each day will grow up to have professions we could never dream of, and preparing them for this future can be a daunting task. This course will provide hands-on experiences with lessons that focus on musical objectives but incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math concepts. Participants will explore the value of student empowerment through problem-solving and planning, as well as opportunities to reflect and connect through weekly discussions. Coding, Digital Audio Workstations, video editing, and tech-less makerspace activities will prepare participants to create their own lessons based on their specific teaching assignments, student needs, and materials on hand. Participants will leave the course with an active plan to incorporate STEAM-powered lessons.

This course is designed for general music educators in grades K-8 and requires some purchased materials.

Abigail Blair has 16 years of experience in general music grades PreK-5 in the Chicago suburbs. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College, a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University, and Orff certification instruction from VanderCook College of Music and DePaul University. She has a background studying composition and music production through Berklee College of Music and is an Apple Teacher. She is adjunct faculty at North Park University in Chicago and enjoys teaching at universities, workshops and webinars on the subjects of interactive classrooms, STEAM, arts collaboration, musical production and music pedagogy. She is a contributing author for Activate! Magazine as well as author for other publications from Heritage Music Press. In addition, she is the creator and author of Beat Blocks (R) products and lessons and co-creator of #BlairFinchProject. www.buildingmusicalminds.com

Kathryn Finch (MMEd ’03) has 22 years of experience in the elementary general music classroom and currently teaches in a northern suburb of Chicago. She speaks passionately about the shift in music education from teacher-led activities to student-led activities and focuses on practical ways music educators can transform their classrooms to empower their students to own their learning. She has been a guest on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast on empowering music students and recently joined the team at Activate! Magazine as a contributing author of general music lesson plans. A published work, Creating Adaptive Instruments with a Makey Makey, can be found in the Fall 2019 issue of the Illinois Music Educator Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College and her master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music. She is a co-creator of the #BlairFinchProject, certified in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk, an Apple Teacher, a technology leader in her school district, and is generally passionate about an inclusive music experience for all her students. Read more about Finch’s professional journey at www.ponderingsfromafinch.com.

Instructor Contact Information
Abigail Blair
[email protected]
Kathryn Finch
[email protected]

Requirements

Chat Session

TBD

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

Full Steam Ahead
by Abilgail Blair 
& Kathryn Finch
(Heritage Music Press),
available here.

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

Abigail Blair A Steam Powered Music Room Empowering

Abigail Blair and Kathryn Finch

Kathryn Finch Kathryn Finch has twenty-two years of experience in the elementary general music classroom and currently teaches in Northbrook, IL. She speaks passionately about the shift in music education from teacher-led activities to student-led activities and focuses on practical ways music educators can transform their classrooms to empower their students to own their learning. She has been a guest on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast on empowering music students and recently joined the team at Activate! Magazine as a contributing author of general music lesson plans. Kathryn also recently co-authored the book, Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students. She has offered multiple workshops and a summer course at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. You can read about Kathryn’s professional teaching journey at ponderingsfromafinch.com. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College and her masters in music education from VanderCook College of Music. She is a co-creator of the #BlairFinchProject, certified in all 3 levels of Orff Schulwerk, an Apple Teacher, and serves as a technology leader in her school district. Kathryn lives near Chicago with her husband, two children, an energetic Brittany Spaniel, and an emotionally challenged Chihuahua. If she isn’t writing, Kathryn is taking walks with the dogs, experimenting in the kitchen, or creating sewing projects with her family to support local organizations. Abigail S. Blair Abigail is the preK-5 music teacher at Westmoor School in Northbrook, IL. Her education includes a BA in Music Education from Augustana College, a Master of Music, Education from Boston University, and Orff certification (Vandercook College of Music, DePaul University). Abigail is both an Apple Teacher and Seesaw Ambassador and studies composition and music production through Berklee College of Music. She is adjunct faculty at both North Park University and Vandercook College of Music and specializes in the subjects of interactive classrooms, STEAM, arts collaboration, musical production, and pedagogy. She is a contributing author for Activate! Magazine as well as co-author of Full STEAM Ahead, #Blairfinchproject, and several publications from Heritage Music Press. She is the creator and author of Beat Blocks® products and lessons. Abigail lives north of Chicago where she loves being a hockey and football mom, gardening, baking, and taking care of her household zoo.
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