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Spring 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Symposium in Leadership & Artistic Thinking


February 8-May 9, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


This course will engage participants with teachers, artists, and leaders in the field of music performance and music education. Each weekly module will be geared toward a specific topic or experience with a guest speaker. A high level of reflection will be involved for both personal and program needs, as well as interacting with readings and video lectures.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser (Vice President for Education, Conn-Selmer, Inc.)

Alexander Gemignani (Broadway Conductor, Actor/Singer/Musician, Adjunct Faculty, New York University Steinhardt)

Kimberly Richter (Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra)

Margene Pappas (Retired Director of Bands, Oswego High School, IL)

Ryan Henry (General Music Teacher and Composers Club Director, Indian Prairie School District)

Gregory Schwaegler (Orchestra Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School, and Project Leader for #LiftYourVoice)

Alex Kaminsky (Director of Bands, VanderCook College of Music)

and others (pending availability)


Chat Session




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Software/Hardware Requirements

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

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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