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Fall 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

On-Campus, Online

Violin Nuts & Bolts: Strategies for Successful Beginners


September 19-December 9, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


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


The beginning foundation is crucial for developing successful violin students. Whether beginning a program at your school, a training program for student teachers, or strengthening your current program, Dr. Davila-Cortes will discuss components that are sure to drive success. Observe students in VanderCook’s One City Strings program in action and witness practical application of the methods and strategies presented in this course. Participants may attend via Zoom or in-person on Saturday mornings for the One City Strings program.


Chat Session

Participants must attend at least five Saturdays to observe the One City Program in action (10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m). Participants do have the option of attending every Saturday in-person or via Zoom.



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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

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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).


Yvonne Davila-Cortes

Yvonne Davila-Cortes

Assistant Professor, Orchestra
, Director of String Music Education

Yvonne Davila-Cortes is originally from Chicago and began Suzuki violin at the age of five. She attended DePaul University and received her B.M. in Music Business and Violin Performance under Joseph Genualdi. During that time, she had the opportunity to substitute with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She received her M.M. in Violin Performance at UW-Madison under Vartan Manoogian. Dr. Davila-Cortes has appeared as a soloist at the AIMS Music Festival in Solsona, Spain and at the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Dr. Davila-Cortes was a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and a substitute with The Madison Symphony Orchestra. She served as an Adjunct Instructor at Ripon College, conducted an elementary string orchestra in McFarland, Wisconsin and established Suzuki violin studios in both Madison and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Dr. Davila-Cortes moved to Texas to pursue her Teaching Certification and Doctorate in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.  During her time in Texas, Dr. Davila-Cortes was Orchestra Director of a middle school in Round Rock ISD. She was also the Director of the Austin Youth Concertante Orchestra. She maintained a private Suzuki studio and served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin String Project, for which she has served as Preschool Coordinator and Assistant Director.  Dr. Davila-Cortes’ research interests focus on children’s musical development, parent education, and children’s musical achievement.  Dr. Davila-Cortes has presented her research at the Suzuki of the Americas Association, American String Teachers and Texas Music Educators Association conferences.


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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