Vander Cook Sign 1 1

Fall 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Song Writing, Production, and Technology


September 19-December 11, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration *A $15 late registration fee will be added after September 12.


Teachers will learn methodologies to incorporate songwriting and production into their teaching in order to revolutionize their lesson planning, heighten classroom creativity, improve classroom management, and develop student’s social, emotional, and musical “voice” while creating a truly student-centered classroom. Course participants will observe, develop, discuss, and demonstrate best practices for implementing production and songwriting in various genres at the elementary, middle, and highschool levels. Participants will discuss and demonstrate the importance of songwriting and the use of progressive technology in modern and traditional music education systems, and will consider how to incorporate practical and innovative methods into their personal practices. In addition, course participants learn how to write and produce songs weekly. This course is designed to help teachers observe, plan, and initiate new methods and approaches towards music learning that are culturally responsive, innovative, and student-centered.


Chat Session

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm CST



Required Text(s)


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.

Soon after you register, 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).


MarcEvanDiaz Cover 150x150 1

Marc Evan Diaz

Marc Evan Diaz is a motivated and passionate educator who empowers students of all ages to discover the strength of the voice and creativity. He has produced 16 international children’s albums (in partnership with Fiddlefox Music), and has taught urban populations professionally for over 10 years at the K-12 public school and collegiate levels. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (Cum Laude) with a double major in music education and performance, Diaz uses a mixture of traditional techniques and modern methods to teach such topics and classes as Songwriting and Production, African American Music and Social Justice…from Spirituals to Hiphop, and Music of the World: International Childrens Music. Through strategic curriculum, inspired teaching and project-based learning sequences, Diaz challenges students to discover and use their voice to intentionally produce social impact.

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.

© 2022 VanderCook College of Music. All Rights Reserved.
Scroll to Top