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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Creating a Student-Centered Music Curriculum


July 8-August 2, 2024

Course Code



1 Graduate Credit


$375 is due in full with registration.


This course will provide music educators with a comprehensive plan for creating culturally relevant and student centered music curriculum and courses. Participants will design lessons that can be used for shorter units of study or semester and year-long courses.


Week 1  Different roles of the music educator

  • Teacher vs Facilitator
  • Learner-centered vs Student-centered
  • Music Teacher as the producer


Week 2 Progressive pedagogy

  • Music as Second Language
  • Informal Music Learning
  • Cultural Relevance
  • MultiCultural Music Education


Week 3 Learner Centered Book Review


Week 4 Final Unit/Lesson Plans


Chat Session

TBD by instructor. If you have inquiries, please email [email protected]



Required Text(s)

Required text- The Learner Centered Music Classroom Edited by: David A. Williams and Jonathan A. Kladder

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).


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Shane Colquhoun, Ph.D.

Shane Colquhoun, Ph.D., is a Grammy-nominated music educator with a diverse musical background in music education and production. Dr. Colquhoun completed his Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University, a Master of Education in Music, and a Master of Education in the Administration of Higher Education, both from Auburn University, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Technology and Business from Bethune-Cookman University, and brings a wealth of teaching experience from serving as Director of Bands at Loachapoka High School for fourteen years before his appointment at ASU. He has published in General Music Today and The Media Journal in Music Education. He has also recently authored a chapter, “Different from the Norm: Teaching Band in Alabama,” in the book Places and Purposes of Popular Music Education.
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