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Spring 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Teaching World Music: The Music of the Southern Hemisphere (Africa, Australia, South America, The Caribbean Islands)

Date

February 13-May 5, 2023

Course Code

7423A

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065 is due in full with registration.

Overview

This course is designed to help teachers develop a well-rounded, world music curriculum for elementary music students. Teaching world music to children at an early age can cultivate and introduce your students to a new and diverse pallet of sounds, scales, instruments, time-signatures, vocal styles, dances, cultures, and musical taste; while simultaneously teaching your students respect, appreciation, and the value of different cultures. Marc Evan Diaz has produced 16 world music children’s albums for Fiddlefox music, and has been a featured guest artist, clinician, consultant, and teacher nationally. Course participants will diversify their repertoire and elementary methods through research and observation to develop, and demonstrate best practices for implementing international songs and pedagogical techniques.

Requirements

Chat Session

TBD

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

None

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 www.online.vandercook.edu 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 www.schoology.com

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).

Instructor

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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.

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