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Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Introduction to Soundtrap in the Music Classroom


November 4-November 5, 2023

Course Code



1 Graduate Credit


$375 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until August 31.


Learn the fundamentals and practical applications of the DAW (digital audio station) Soundtrap through this hands-on course for music educators. During this weekend course participants will create various projects using Soundtrap starting with basics and progressing through loops, effects, recording and collaboration. 

Instructional Materials

  • Access to a Mac or a PC computer, connected to the Internet. A Chromebook is also an appropriate device. Basic computer skills are required such as setting up accounts & usernames/passwords, basic typing skills, and uploading/downloading files.
  • Soundtrap (free access provided for the duration of the class)
  • Headphones or earbuds, any kind will do.

Course Schedule:  


  • Introductions
  • Creating of accounts
  • Introduction to Soundtrap, First Try Assignment 
  • Layering of Loops project and Reflection
  • Introduction to final project: develop a Soundtrap plan 
  • (Lunch)
  • Recording in Soundtrap using the Synthesizer
  • Collaboration project, Soundtrap with Google Classroom and Reflection
  • Sharing of compositions


  • Creating a Ringtone for your phone
  • Creating a pop or dubstep song using all available tools
  • Working on final project (Soundtrap plan)
  • Sharing of compositions


Chat Session

None. This course meets in-person on November 4 and 5.


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Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

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Sarah Giordano

General Music

Sarah Giordano earned a Bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in choral music education from VanderCook College of Music. Ms. Giordano teaches general music, conducts the choirs and directs the musical at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park. In 2018 the Jackson Concert Choir was selected to perform at the IMEC All-State Music Convention.

Beyond the classroom, Ms. Giordano has a passion for musical theatre. She directs and serves as music director and vocal director with various youth theatre programs in the Chicago suburbs, and she has worked with Naperville’s only professional theatre company. Recent youth theatre productions directed by Giordano include Zombies the Musical (virtual musical), Getting to Know…Oklahoma, Shrek The Musical JR, Elf JR, The Pirates of Penzance, and Godspell. Mainstage productions include Spamalot, Guys and Dolls, The Bridges of Madison County, Hairspray, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Ms. Giordano teaches the Secondary General Music Methods 6-12 Graduate Course at VanderCook College of Music. She is active in the VanderCook MECA program, presenting “Bringing Out the Best in Young Singers,” and most recently “Musical Theatre Workshop: Planning, Production and Performance.” She consistently serves as a choral clinician, adjudicator and accompanist.

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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