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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Getting Ready to Read Harmony


February 17-April 6, 2024

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits


$750 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.


Reading harmony starts with knowing how to follow a score as well as how to decipher notation…two very complex skills. While it may sound daunting, there are simple ways to teach our singers how to follow their part in an octavo, empowering them and saving time in our rehearsals. Following the book 8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION, this class will also examine the best ways to teach our students how to harmonize no matter what their age or experience. Playing instrumental harmony is an important way to hear and identify harmonization. But it is equally important to teach our students how to use their own instrument – their voice – to experience harmony. This is a critical step to understanding what harmony really is. Class participants will have several opportunities to practice leading our class using the concepts presented.


Chat Session

Saturdays, (no class on March 16), 2 hours, 8am to 10am.



Required Text(s)

8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION – 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. 

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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.
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