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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Sharpening Your Organizational Skills to Increase Classroom Productivity


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.*


Discover strategies to sharpen your organizational skills in order for you to do the work of teaching your musical group more efficiently. This course covers essential skills that are needed outside the classroom in order to “get things done” in an efficient manner. Topics include planning, setting goals, developing relationships with stakeholders, understanding your budget processes, recruiting and marketing your program, traveling with your group, and more responsibilities as you become a fine arts department or head director. Designed to be practical to your situation, students will participate in a weekly group discussion, complete answers to topic questions, submit examples needed for your current situation, and develop plans for future growth.


*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.



Chat Session

This course is mostly asynchronous with 8 live chat sessions that are required to attend. Zoom Chat Sessions are Mondays from 4:00pm-5:00pm central.



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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).


McKinney Guy

William "Guy" McKinney

Mr. Guy McKinney is the Director of Bands/Fine Arts for Mercedes ISD, a position he has held since 2000. He oversees all aspects of the music department, continuing to positively promote the MISD student musicians’ and the performing ensembles for both band and orchestra. Under his direction, the Mighty Tiger Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble have earned many UIL Superior Ratings and UIL Sweepstakes Awards. Guy is an active member of TMAA, having served as a judge for both UIL concert/sight reading evaluations in several regions and UIL solo and ensemble contest in Region 15. As an active member of TMEA, he has served as coordinator for the honor bands at Region 28. Guy is currently serving as Vice President of TMEA Region 28. Guy’s articles have been published in BandWorld Magazine and on the Band Directors Talk shop online magazine. He served as a guest conductor for the Fulton County Honors’ Band in Ohio. He has organized and served as host for our Queen City Marching Festival as well as the UIL Pigskin Marching Band Jubilee at Tiger stadium. Guy earned his B.M.Ed. from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, graduating as Salutatorian of his class. He has also earned his MM from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University. He resides in Rancho Viejo with his wife, Adriana, and two children, Maddy and Vivian.

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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