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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Developing Choirs: Laying the Foundation


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.


The term “developing choir” is broadly aimed at grades 4-9 but can be any age or grade where singers are learning to harmonize and follow choral music. Laying a solid foundation for such a group is paramount to bridging the chasm between elementary school singing and a high school choir.

In developing choirs, we must teach students to:

Sing on pitch;
Be musically literate; and
Grow into their adult voice

During this course, we will explore each of these categories and discover ways to incorporate techniques and rehearsal ideas into our everyday routine, laying the foundation for strong choral performance.



Chat Session

3 hours of required synchronous Zoom session each week - First chat session JUNE 5, 6pm -7:30pm CT - class will determine subsequent meeting days/times



Required Text(s)

 8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION, Hal Leonard Corporation (2015) by  Catherine DeLanoy 

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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Catherine DeLanoy

Catherine DeLanoy is a musician currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has taught music at every grade level in the public school system and is now retired. Her last assignment was at Westmont Junior High School, where she taught general music and directed their four choirs. WJH choirs consistently earned top scores, honors and prestigious performances under her direction. Ms. DeLanoy enjoyed arranging compositions for her choirs and has octavos published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Boosey & Hawkes, Bri-Lee Music and Carl Fischer Inc. Her resource publications include WARMING UP WITH ROUNDS and 8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION (Shawnee Press). Ms. DeLanoy works as a middle school specialist and enjoys being an instructor and adjudicator whenever possible. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She went on to earn her Masters of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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