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Spring 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


ACDA National Conference: A Retrospective


March 18-March 21, 2021

Course Code



1 - 2 Graduate Credits


$150 -$300


Earn one semester hour of graduate credit attending educational clinics, exhibits and concert performances at all 2021 ACDA National Conferences.

MECA Retrospective Tuition: $150 per credit hour * 

(* 12.5 documented contact hours are required for each hour of credit earned.)

Course requirements:

1. All registrations must be completed and received with full tuition payment by March 15, 2021 for the national conferences.

2. Students must document 12.5 hours per credit of pre-conference planning and reflection; concerts and sessions during the conference; and complete post-conference reflection and summary.

3. After registration and payment are completed, students will receive access to Schoology, VanderCook’s online platform by March 15, 2021.

4. Following the ACDA conference, students will upload copies of all handouts, concert programs, and supporting materials to our online learning platform, Schoology.  In addition, students will submit written responses summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended.  All discussions and assignments must be completed and submitted by May 1, 2021.

Educators seeking credit must also register with ACDA.  MECA pricing does not include any fees associated with ACDA or conference attendance.  Please visit ACDA’s conference page for additional information.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Sinclair at 312.788.1144 or [email protected].


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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

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

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit 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

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

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).


robert sinclair

Robert Sinclair

Director of Choral Activities
Dean, Graduate Division

Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook as Director of Choral Activities since 2001. His educational background includes three years at Luther College, where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B.R. Henson. In December of 2000, Dr. Sinclair completed a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (music education) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims.

Dr. Sinclair has 10 years of public school teaching experience and has presented sessions to the Music Educators Associations of Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Texas, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. He continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad, including honor choirs in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, and Japan in addition to all-state choirs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Sinclair is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education.

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