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Spring 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Social & Emotional Learning in Music Education


February 8-May 9, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Dr. Scott Edgar wrote Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music (2017) to better prepare music educators to engage their students musically, socially and emotionally. In this course, Dr. Edgar reflects on individual classroom contexts, learning about SEL, and examines techniques to enrich the music classroom. Modules include:

  • What is SEL?
  • Socialization in the Music Classroom
  • Self-Awareness in the Music Classroom
  • Relationships in the Music Classroom
  • Responsible Decision-Making


  • A broad understanding of SEL as a construct
  • An understanding of how music classrooms facilitate a social web of relationships
  • The ability to draw connections between music curricula and SEL curricula
  • The ability to make inferences for individual classrooms at all levels and areas (K-12 general, band, choir, orchestra)


Chat Session

February 21, March 14 & May 2 7:30—8:30 p.m. Central



Required Text(s)

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music by S.N. Edgar (GIA Publications)

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music — Student Workbook by S.N. Edgar (GIA Publications)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not provide any course materials nor have any available for purchase.

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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