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Fall 2020 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Making Connections & Transforming Traditional Methods



Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


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Students will examine in depth the major traditional music education methods (e.g. Suzuki, Dalcroze, Orff, Kodály, MLT) as well as more contemporary methods (e.g. Informal learning, Modern Band, El Sistema, Musical Futures) from cultural, philosophical and psychological viewpoints. The aim will be to develop or revise curricula, lessons, and practices in order to be more relevant and applicable to teachers and students alike. Assignments will incorporate both the wealth of knowledge from successful traditional practice as well as contemporary research and innovations. Topics will include the methods listed above as well as culturally responsive teaching, standards-based instruction, understanding Universal Design for Learning, music literacy and performance practice. The topics and assignments will be flexible enough to allow students to explore personal and professional areas of interest in order to have applicable use in practice.


Chat Session

None Required



Required Text(s)

Teaching General Music, Approaches,
Issues & Viewpoints
 by Carlos Abril
& Brent Gault (Oxford University Press)

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, 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

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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