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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Multi-Cultural Techniques for Teaching Rhythm


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.


This course utilizes music and dance traditions from Cuba, Brazil, Ghana and other locales to offer teachers alternatives to mainstream rhythm pedagogy. Since different cultures teach music in different ways, the experience of learning how rhythms are taught in other cultures will increase the teachers’ options in the classroom for rhythmic education and development. The rhythms will be presented in both their traditional forms and in simplified forms. The simplified forms make the different music, dances, and cultures more accessible to the younger student.


Chat Session

This course is mostly asynchronous with weekly required Zoom chat sessions on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 central time.



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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).


DeQuattro Anthony

Anthony DeQuattro

Dr. Anthony DeQuattro is currently Principal Percussionist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and is on the faculties of Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, he has taught summer graduate courses in music education at various colleges around the U.S. including Villanova University, VanderCook College of Music (Chicago), University of St. Thomas (St. Paul), and Central Connecticut State University. He has worked with such talents as Dave Brubeck, Joel Grey, Margaret Whiting and LeAnn Rimes and has appeared at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival several times. He has traveled to and studied in Ghana, Bali, Taiwan, and Puerto Rico and has studied with performers from South India, Cuba, and Brazil. In addition to music, he has studied folkloric dance from Latin America, Ghana, and England. In 2019, Anthony was sent to Kathmandu, Nepal as part of a U.S. Department of State sponsored cultural exchange with the Mandala Theater. He is a contributing author to Cengage Publication’s Listening to Music for which he penned chapters on the music of Brazil, India, Japan, and Mexico as well as a chapter on Jazz. Anthony is the chairman of the music department at the Regional Center for the Arts (RCA), a high school for the performing arts in Trumbull, Connecticut, and is a past recipient of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Excellence in Music Teaching Award for which he was named Connecticut’s outstanding secondary school music educator. Since becoming department chair, the RCA music department has grown from serving under 15 music majors to over 70 music majors. He received his education from The Hartt School, Yale University, Boston University, and the public library.

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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