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Continuing Education Courses


Mindfulness for the Music Educator


June 7-August 1, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


This course provides a venue for learning, discussing, developing and applying mindfulness skills and strategies in the personal and professional life of the music educator. Music educators will engage with the topics of mindfulness, growth mindset, positive psychology and neuroscience to develop methods for maximizing their potential as teachers and raise the quality of their own students’ learning and performance. The course will consist of readings, discussions, writing, and a practical project designed to work for your personal life and for the students and classes that you teach. Students will learn how meditation, focusing on gratitude, deep breathing techniques, living in the now, and a heightened awareness of the senses all elevate one’s daily experience. Students will examine their own habits of thinking and develop positive habits of thought that can impact the trajectory of their day and influence their own students in a positive way.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and be able to implement elements of mindfulness into your own life.
  • Develop a daily mindfulness practice.
  • Create an application of mindfulness techniques to the music classroom or ensemble.
  • Increase understanding and application of research on the topics of growth mindset and positive psychology into personal and professional life.


Chat Session



Required Text(s)

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia A. Jennings (W.W. Norton)

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life
by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Sounds True)

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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