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Spring 2022 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7142

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

This course is a practical, reflective, and community-building book study of Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond (GIA Publications) with the author Dr. Matthew Arau. Educators will have the opportunity to engage with meaningful topics that can elevate their quality of life and personal fulfillment while raising the wellbeing and success of their students. Divided into three parts—Ignite, Inspire, and Lead—Upbeat! takes readers on a journey from internal self-reflection to outward expressions of leadership, with chapters addressing such topics as:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-care for mental and physical wellness
  • The transformative power of positivity and gratitude
  • Growth mindset in the classroom
  • Mindful breathing and listening in an ensemble setting
  • Fostering a culture of excellence and connection
  • The essential qualities of an effective leader
  • How to develop a thriving student leadership program

The course will consist of reading, discussions, meditation, virtual chat sessions, supplemental material, and practical projects to work for your personal life and for the students and classes that you teach. Developing a personal mindfulness, mindset, and wellness plan, applying the strategies in the book in your classroom, and reflecting on the book’s journal questions will ensure that Upbeat! goes beyond just being a book that you read and positively transforms how you live, lead, and teach.

Requirements

Chat Session

#1: 6/19, 6:00-7:00pm CST #2: 6/26, 6:00-7:00pm CST #3: 7/17, 6:00-7:00pm CST #4: 7/24, 6:00-7:00pm CST

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

Only one text: (the name of the course) available through GIA Publications and https://www.upbeatglobal.com/book

Recommended Texts:

Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan (BenBella Books)

 

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle (Bantam Books)

 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown (Random House) 

 

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Sounds True)

 

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia A. Jennings (W. W. Norton)

 

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (Random House)

 

Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh (Bantam Book)

 

The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practice that Make Great Teams Great by Jon Gordon (John Wiley & Sons)

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 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

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

matthew arau

Dr. Matthew Arau

Dr. Matthew Arau, author of Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond and Founder of Upbeat Global, is an Associate Professor of Music, the Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the graduate conducting faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University and graduate mindfulness faculty at VanderCook College of Music. He also serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician, a Connect Through Music Education Consultant, and a Member-at-Large on the NAfME Council for Band Education. Dr. Arau has guest conducted and presented on mindfulness, growth mindset, student leadership, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures in person in over 25 states and 4 continents in person. He has presented at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Western International Band Clinic, the NAfME National Conference, numerous State and Regional Music Education Association Conferences, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has conducted honor bands in Australia, Greece, Cyprus, and Malaysia, and All-State honor bands across the United States. Dr. Arau draws on a deep reservoir of fifteen years of experience as a successful middle school and high school band director in Loveland, Colorado, where he led his bands at Walt Clark Middle School and Loveland High School to numerous honor performances and championships and pioneered the Leadership Symposium. Dr. Arau earned his D.M.A. in Wind Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder, his M.S. in Music Education from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University, and a B.M. in Music Performance (jazz studies), Music Performance (classical), and Music Education and a B.A. in Government from Lawrence University. Discover more about Dr. Arau at www.upbeatglobal.com.
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