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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Guitar for the Music Educator Level 2


June 10-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration.


Guitar for the Educator Level II is a graduate-level course designed to equip educators with advanced skills and techniques to enhance their proficiency in teaching guitar within various ensemble settings, including jazz band, pep band, and guitar ensemble. Building upon the foundational knowledge acquired in Guitar for the Educator Level I or its equivalent, this course delves deeper into the intricacies of guitar performance and instruction.

Course Objectives:

– Mastering Improvisation: Students will explore advanced improvisational techniques, including scales, modes, and melodic development, enabling them to confidently lead students through improvisational exercises and performances.

– Reading Music Notation in Multiple Positions: Through intensive practice and instruction, participants will develop fluency in reading music notation across various positions on the guitar fretboard, facilitating comprehensive understanding and interpretation of musical scores.

– Barre Chords and 7th Chords: Participants will learn and master the techniques of playing barre chords and 7th chords, essential components of advanced guitar repertoire, enabling them to impart these skills effectively to their students.

– Exploring Funk Rhythms: The course will introduce students to the rhythmic intricacies and stylistic nuances of funk music, providing them with the tools to teach funk rhythms and grooves to aspiring guitarists.

– Reading Pop and Jazz Charts: Participants will gain proficiency in deciphering and interpreting pop and jazz charts, honing their ability to guide students through the intricacies of these genres with accuracy and clarity.

– Jazz Vocabulary: Through the study of jazz theory and vocabulary, students will expand their repertoire of musical phrases and idiomatic expressions, empowering them to infuse jazz elements into their teaching and performance.

Target Audience:

This course is specifically tailored for educators who already possess foundational knowledge in guitar instruction and are seeking to expand their pedagogical toolkit with advanced techniques and concepts. It is ideal for teachers overseeing homogeneous guitar classes as well as those leading jazz bands, pep bands, or guitar ensembles.

Course Benefits:

– Enhance instructional effectiveness in teaching guitar within jazz band, pep band, and guitar ensemble settings.
– Explore advanced guitar techniques and concepts to enrich students’ musical experiences.
– Discover new repertoire and materials suitable for more advanced student levels.
– Strengthen proficiency in reading music notation and interpreting diverse musical styles.
– Foster a supportive learning community of educators dedicated to advancing their guitar teaching skills.

Course Format:

Guitar for the Educator Level II is delivered through a series of instructional videos that the student can view in an asynchronous setting.

Conclusion:Guitar for the Educator Level II offers a unique opportunity for educators to deepen their understanding of guitar instruction and expand their repertoire of teaching strategies in jazz band, pep band, and guitar ensemble contexts. By mastering advanced techniques and concepts, participants will emerge equipped to inspire and empower their students on their musical journey.

*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

This course is asynchronous.


Completion of Guitar for the Educator Level I or equivalent foundational knowledge in guitar performance and instruction.

Required Text(s)

Introduction to Guitar for Ensemble
by Joe Sweet (available at

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).


Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson (MMEd ‘10) is a jazz guitarist from Erie, PA, currently teaching guitar and band at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Hudson began his formal music studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He won the Mellon Bank Jazz Scholarship, which gave him the chance to study with saxophonist Nathan Davis and world-renowned guitarist Joe Negri. Hudson has a voracious appetite for jazz improvisation and studied many eras of the form with a particular emphasis on blues and bebop. He became a regular fixture at jam sessions in Pittsburgh and by the time he graduated in 2003, he was performing in many top venues with artists such as Gene Stovall, Reggie Watkins, The Marvelettes, Jay Willis and Curtis Fuller. By the end of that year, Hudson decided to settle in Chicago to pursue creative opportunities that blended r&b, hip hop, jazz and rock. This began a fertile period for Hudson marked by collaborations with William Kurk Enterprise, Siji, Aaron Getsug, Scott Hessy and Karl E.H. Siegfried. In 2006, Hudson met producer and DJ Anthony Nicholson and his son Quincy Nicholson. This began his affiliation with the jazz recording group Scientific Map. Over the course of five years, this group recorded and toured in support of releases for the Imaginary Chicago Records label.
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