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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Latin American Music Genres And Activities In The Elementary Music Classroom


June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Latin American music comprises a variety of genres. As diverse as our Latinx students are, it is important to represent the music of their cultures, but also provide opportunities to learn about other Latinx cultures, too. These interactions can be best depicted in the music classroom through different mediums and lessons. This course is designed for music educators who would like to incorporate a variety of Latin American music genres and activities in the general music classroom. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn about different Latin American music, culture, history, artists, dances, and songs, apply the content through a sample variety of activities appropriate for the music classroom using Orff Schülwerk and Kodály approaches, and develop authentic lessons that are inclusive, student-centered, engaging, and equitable for their students.


Chat Session

Four Zoom sessions during Week 1, 4, 5, and 7 from 1-2:30PM Central



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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).


Anielka Silva-Berrios

Anielka Silva-Berrios is currently teaching K-6th grade general music at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Lenexa, KS, where she also directs the 5th-6th grade choir. Prior to teaching in Kansas, Mrs. Silva-Berrios taught K-5th grade general music in Kissimmee, FL for seven years. She has also taught elementary music methods courses as an adjunct instructor at Missouri Western University and University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. Her passion and dedication for teaching music is evident through the appreciation and love of music shown by her students. Anielka earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from the University of Central Florida. She earned a Master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. While at Hartt, she earned all levels of Kodály Certifications with John Feierabend, certifications in “First Steps in Music,” and “Conversational Solfege.” Mrs. Silva-Berrios also completed her Orff Schülwerk certification at the University of Memphis. As such, Anielka has embraced a philosophy that incorporates a blend of both Orff and Kodály, diversity, and inclusivity!
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