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Fall 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Captivate to Educate: Creating FUN Wherever You Can!



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$710, due in full with registration


In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to reshape and reimagine various aspects of your program to be more creative, interesting, and FUN! Each week will focus on a topic that YOU get to decide how to apply to what you’re already doing, or develop something brand new to try! The overall goal of this 8-week session is to give your hard work an innovative facelift, refresh your own motivation, spark interest in potential students, and keep your current musicians excited and engaged!

Topics will include: updating lessons and assignments, amplifying practice routines, enhancing parent-communication, jazzing up fundamentals, upgrading performances, strengthening community outreach, livening up recruitment and retention, nourishing student relationships, and approaching things with a “joy of learning” point-of-view. This course will lean towards programs of younger instrumental learners, but everyone will adaptively benefit and are welcome to join!

Basic computer and internet skills are needed as we will be utilizing the Google Suite to digitize and update documents and presentations. No additional software or books are required, but we will be sharing ideas weekly, discussing excerpts and articles, and focusing on the pedagogy of “fun learning.”


Chat Session


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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 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

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).


Lisa Hatfield

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