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Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Poverty, Barriers, Music & Success: Understanding & Helping Low-Income Music Students Succeed


June 7-August 1, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


For some students and families, financial and time barriers are a limiting factor in their participation in school music. There are many labels available to describe students without a lot of money and/or support: Low-income, high needs, underserved, less fortunate, poor, poverty-stricken and impoverished are just a few. In a pandemic world, we may see more families afflicted by poverty, and therefore, we must be prepared to help our students and community.

This course will help teachers to understand where low-income and high-needs students are coming from, present strategies and ideas to help with teaching, supporting, and advocating for students from low-income and high need situations, and will help instructors develop plans to locate financial resources for their students and programs. Every student deserves a good teacher and a fair chance at success, and band, orchestra, choir and general music can be offered to all students.


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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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