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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Fall 2020 MECA, Spring 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Teaching & Learning Online with MusicFirst


February 8-March 7, 2021

Course Code

7151 A2 & 7151 B2


0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199, due in full with registration Course Code 7861A. $355, due in full with registration Course Code 7861B.


Note: This is a 4-week course.

MusicFirst is a comprehensive learning management system developed by music educators for music educators. With integrated cloud-based music software and a full suite of teaching and learning tools, music educators can create customized lesson content, assessments and much more, all while delivering instruction within a single sign-on environment. This four-week course takes an in-depth look at MusicFirst’s online classroom and integrated software, and examines best practices for designing engaging lessons that are suitable for the K-12 music classroom or ensemble room. Participants in the course will receive a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom with full access to all of the software offerings for the duration of the course.

Course Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Easily Navigate the MusicFirst Online Classroom;
  • Set up classes and onboard students;
  • Easily create tasks, lesson plans and assessments;
  • Incorporate images, videos and other embedded content in tasks and lessons;
  • Share lessons with students;
  • Use the grade book;
  • Use MusicFirst Content in lessons; and
  • Use MusicFirst integrated music software in tasks and lessons to create engaging activities for music creation, music theory and performance.

No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 7151 A2

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 7151 B2


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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).


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