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Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Latin American Music in the General/Elementary Music Classroom


September 18-December 8, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until August 31.


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, musical 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-driven, engaging, and equitable for their students

* This course is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll for the 500 course number. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register for the four digit course number. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at [email protected].


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TBD by participants when the course commences.


It is recommended students enrolled in this course have some prior music teaching experience.

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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).


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Anielka Silva-Berrios

Anielka (Ani) Silva-Berrios is currently teaching K-5th grade general music in Roanoke County Public Schools in Virginia. Previously, Mrs.Silva-Berrios taught K-6th grade general music, along with 5th and 6th grade choir, in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas, and K-5th grade general music in Osceola County in Florida. Outside the elementary classroom, she has taught undergraduate and graduate level elementary music methods courses at Missouri Western University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and Vandercook College. Anielka has presented for the American Orff Schülwerk Association, Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, Florida Music Educators Association Conference, local Orff Schülwerk chapters and other organizations. Her passion and dedication for teaching music is evident through the appreciation and love of music shown by her students. Anielka earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in the Kodály method from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. While at Hartt, she earned all levels of Kodály Certifications with John Feierabend, as well as “First Steps in Music” and “Conversational Solfege” certifications. Mrs. Silva-Berrios also completed her Orff Schülwerk certification at the University of Memphis. As such, Anielka embraces a philosophy that incorporates a blend of both Orff and Kodály, diversity, and inclusivity! When she is not teaching she enjoys taking care of her plants, traveling and spending time with her husband, Juan Berrios, a professional musician and educator.

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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