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Fall 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Stuck in the Middle… School Choir With You


September 19-December 9, 2022

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits/3 Graduate Credits*


$1,140, due in full with registration/ $1,065, due in full with registration* *A $15 late registration fee will be added after September 12.


Stan McGill has developed another outstanding course to infuse today’s choral repertoire with modern classics. Building on the success of The Greatest Generation…of Choral Music, Stuck in the Middle…School Choir With You focuses on composers and pieces for the developing singer in the middle school choir. Best-selling octavos will be showcased, many NOT found in current reading sessions. Each student will view over 100 choral pieces, each outstanding “sure-fire winners” from composers including Joyce Eilers, Roger Emerson, Ruth Artman, Emily Crocker, Laura Farnell, Cristi Carrie Miller, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Julie Knowles, Victor Johnson and Rollo Dilworth, among many more! More than just a reading session, this course will delve into rehearsal and teaching techniques, how text impacts the music, and other aspects to effectively prepare, rehearse and perform each piece.

Chat Sessions will be held on each Wednesday starting September 21, 2022 to December 7, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30pm CST. Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, November 23rd.


Additionally, students will interact with current middle school/younger voice composers in weekly zoom sessions including:
Roger Emerson
Emily Crocker
Greg Gilpin
Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Earlene Rentz
Vijah Singh
Amy Bernon
Rollo Dilworth
Victor Johnson
Cristi Cari Miller


* This course is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll for the 500 course number. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register for the 7000 course number. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at [email protected]


Chat Session

Chat Sessions will be held on each Wednesday starting September 21, 2022 to December 7, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30pm CST. Note: There will be no class on Wednesday, November 23rd.



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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.

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).


Stan McGill

Stan McGill

Stan McGill taught thirty-four years in secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri. Professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and President of both TMEA and Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA, SWACDA and ACDA committees including Program Chair for the 2009, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023 National ACDA Conferences. Additionally, McGill has served as Conference Manager for the NWACDA Division since 2019. He is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States, including adjunct professor at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. McGill, along with co-author Dr. Morris Stevens, wrote the “90 Days Sight Singing Success” series available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sight-reading methods book “18 Lessons to Sight Reading Success” is available through Hal Leonard as is their newest book series “Sight Reading Success: A Daily Workout for Developing Confident Choirs”, currently available for the SSA, SATB and SA voicings. His choral methods book “Beyond Singing”, co-authored with Elizabeth Volk, is also published by Hal Leonard. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press and G. Schirmer and is editor of the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard. He is a contributing author for the Hal Leonard/McGraw-Hill music textbook Voices in Concert. Mr. McGill has been the choir director at First Christian Church-Garland, TX since 1982. Mr. McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA His articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. He directed the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made three European tours. A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Mr. McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University. In 2014, Mr. McGill received the “Choral Excellence Award” from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing. In 2019, McGill was honored as the first recipient of the National ACDA Volunteer Excellence Award given for years of dedication, leadership and untold hours of service to the American Choral Directors Association and it’s membership.

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