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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Music Technology Moving Forward


June 10-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until May 6, 2024.


In today’s tech-driven world, harnessing technology’s potential in music education is no longer optional. Breathe new life into your music curriculum by exploring how technology can enhance learning, ignite creativity, and boost engagement, all while supporting the National Core Arts Standards. Delve into tools such as notation software, DAWs, performance assessments, artificial intelligence, and even virtual reality, all while developing practical projects that translate directly to your classroom. No prior tech experience needed, just a willingness to learn and explore. Be prepared to transform your teaching practice for a truly enriching musical journey for your students!


Chat Session

This course is mostly asynchronous, with 3 live chat sessions that are recommended but not required. Chat session dates will be determined by participants once the course has begun.



Required Text(s)


Bauer, William I. Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2020. 

The following books are recommended to help build your professional library. 


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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Theresa Hoover

Theresa Hoover is a musician, educator, and author. She is an advocate for student voice in the music room and helps teachers empower students throughout their musical experiences by transforming their classrooms into student-centered learning environments. Theresa has taught instrumental, general, and vocal music in a variety of settings, most recently teaching middle school band in Northern Virginia. Prior to that, she taught for 14 years in Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in wind conducting from West Chester University, both in Pennsylvania. In the fall, Theresa will begin working toward a PhD in Music Learning and Teaching at Arizona State University. Theresa is a recognized presenter and clinician at local, regional, and national level conferences, including the International Music Education Summit, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, and several state music education conferences. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and was selected as a member of the Google Certified Innovator program, participating in the London 2019 cohort. Theresa’s passion for supporting music teachers in using Google Workspace for Education has extended into popular graduate courses at the University of the Arts and other universities. She is also the Technology Editor and committee chair for Women Band Directors International. In addition to her school teaching, Theresa served as the founding director of the Chester County Youth Wind Ensemble and is currently on staff of the Virginia Winds Academy. She has also been the guest conductor for several elementary and middle school ensembles in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Theresa is the author of Empowering Ensembles With Technology, published by F-flat Books, and the co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students, published by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. Her writing has been featured on several online publications including her own blog, Off the Beaten Path: A Music Teacher’s Journey When not teaching, you can find Theresa curled up with a good book, on the running trail, traveling to visit family and friends, or spending time with her dog, Dizzy.
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