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Late Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Get Them Singing! Choosing Music For Your Developing Choir


March 16-March 17, 2024

Course Code



1 Graduate Credit


$375 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.


How can I get my students to sing out? Why is it so hard for them to learn their parts? We all want our students to sing their best in choir class and performance. This 2-day course will guide you in carefully choosing music for successful singing. Additionally, there will be numerous ideas for fun songs and warm-ups that will entice your choir to sing out. Complimentary music from leading publishers will be provided for studyClass students will present “pieces that worked” by leading our class in short lessons using music from your classroom. Bring enough copies of 2 different octavos for each class member to sight read. Singing techniques and choir formations will be highlighted to help your singers maximize their sound.


Chat Session

None. This course meets in-person on March 16 & 17.



Required Text(s)

  • 8 Steps to Harmonization – Catherine DeLanoy
  • Bring enough copies of 2 different octavos for each class member to sight read. 

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).


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.
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