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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Designing and Implementing a Master’s Project


February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 early bird discount will be applied until January 14.


Using the VanderCook Master’s Project Template, students will design, refine, and implement their Initial Questions and Method sections of their master’s project. Students will also learn how to effectively set up the other sections of their paper for successful completion of their projects. Topics will include project goals, initial questions, types of methods, data collection, informed consent, APA 7, as well as formatting the Review of Literature, Results, Discussion, and Appendices sections of the paper.  Please note:  This class does not replace working with your advisor.


*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.


Chat Session

Will meet on Zoom for weekly chat - day/time TBD by class consensus


Introduction to Graduate Study (GRAD 562) or Approval by Robert Sinclair, Graduate Dean, and Cynthia Krause

Required Text(s)

Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.C., Williams, J.M., Bizup, J, & Fitzgerald, W.T. (2016). The Craft of Research. Fourth Edition. The University of Chicago Press. (Note: This book is also used in Introduction to Graduate Study, GRAD 562)

  •     Links and resources available on the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS).
  •     Zotero – download at (recommended)

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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Cynthia Krause

MMEd Project Advisor

Cindy Krause has been Dr. Rosenthal’s teaching assistant for Introduction to Graduate Study since 2018 and began advising master’s projects at VCM in 2008.  After receiving her BMEd from Illinois Wesleyan University, Mrs. Krause earned her MMEd (2000) from VanderCook College of Music.

Mrs. Krause recently retired (2021) from Elmhurst CUSD205, where she taught band, Grades 4-8, as well as some strings, since 1995.  Her final 16 years were at Churchville MS, where she was credited with starting the first middle school jazz band (after school club) in the district.  She has also enjoyed accompanying middle school and high school students for the district’s solo festivals since 1994, which she still continues to do.

Mrs. Krause looks back with fondness at her earliest VanderCook connection, when she attended a VCM middle school band camp in the summers of 1970 and ’71 at North Central College (IL) and had H.E. Nutt as a band director and Vic Zajec as a sectional instructor (saxophone). She is proud of her master’s project (2000) contribution of helping to jump start the VCM archives.

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