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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Introduction to Graduate Study


February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits


See student portal.


An introduction to graduate-level scholarship as practiced in music education. Historical, philosophical, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are examined and applied in a final research project. The overarching goal of this course is to develop a vision of one’s self as a thoughtful, principled Master of Music Education. To achieve this very broad vision, this class will help you to:

1. Differentiate the ways in which people come to understand knowledge and truth in music, education, and other domains of the human condition.
2. Understand the scope and sequence of formal, scholarly thinking in music education.
3. Identify questions in music education that are relevant to one’s life and work as a musician or prospective or practicing music educator.
4. Create an organized, curated catalog of articles, books, web sites and other material that is relevant to one’s life and work as a music educator.
5. Understand the scope and sequence of a research project in general, and a MMEd project in particular.

This course is for VanderCook MMEd candidates only.


Chat Session

Thursday Evenings at 6:00 PM CST



Required Text(s)

The Craft of Research, 4th ed.
by W.C. Booth, G.C. Colomb, J.M. Williams, et al.
(University of Chicago Press)

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).


Roseanne Rosenthal

Roseanne Rosenthal

President, Professor of Music Education

Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal recently began her second tenure as President of VanderCook, having previously served in that capacity from 1989-2004. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from Syracuse University under the direction of Dr. Cornelia Yarbrough. She taught instrumental and general music in upstate New York for many years prior to arriving at VanderCook. A past president of the Illinois Music Educators Association, Dr. Rosenthal is on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music. She has published and presented numerous research articles pertaining to music teacher education and music learning, participates in the Motor Learning Research Forum, and has served as chair of the NAfME Music Education Research Council. Between presidential terms, Dr. Rosenthal taught coursework in methods of music teaching, research, technology and education psychology at VanderCook.

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