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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Writing and Editing a Professional Paper (MMEd Project)


June 10-August 2, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until May 6, 2024.


Using their individually written rough drafts in the VanderCook Master’s Project Template, each student will refine their professional, scholarly writing using APA 7 format to complete most editing of their Master’s Project (see Note).  Topics include correct use of: pronouns, tense, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, figure and table formatting, citations, active vs. passive voice, in addition to reviewing what material belongs in the Method, Results, Discussion, or Appendices sections of the paper. 

Please note:  This class does not replace working with your advisor, editing recommendations, or final approval from your advisor.


**Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.


Chat Session

Please note that the Weekly Chat Session via Zoom will be determined by class consensus/majority.


Introduction to Graduate Study (GRAD 562), a completed “Method,” a written rough draft of the entire MMEd project using the VanderCook Master’s Project Template ready for editing, or Approval by Robert Sinclair, Graduate Dean, and Cynthia Krause. It is recommended that students have already taken Designing and Implementing a Master’s Project (MECA7364/GRAD597).

Required Text(s)

  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. C., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J., & Fitzgerald, W. T. (2016). The craft of research (4th ed.). The University of Chicago Press.       (Note: This book is also used in Introduction to Graduate Study, GRAD 562).
  • Links and resources available on the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS). 
  • Zotero—download at

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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Cynthia Krause

MMEd Project Advisor

Cindy Krause has been Dr. Rosenthal’s teaching assistant for Introduction to Graduate Study since 2018 and began advising master’s projects at VCM in 2008.  After receiving her BMEd from Illinois Wesleyan University, Mrs. Krause earned her MMEd (2000) from VanderCook College of Music.

Mrs. Krause recently retired (2021) from Elmhurst CUSD205, where she taught band, Grades 4-8, as well as some strings, since 1995.  Her final 16 years were at Churchville MS, where she was credited with starting the first middle school jazz band (after school club) in the district.  She has also enjoyed accompanying middle school and high school students for the district’s solo festivals since 1994, which she still continues to do.

Mrs. Krause looks back with fondness at her earliest VanderCook connection, when she attended a VCM middle school band camp in the summers of 1970 and ’71 at North Central College (IL) and had H.E. Nutt as a band director and Vic Zajec as a sectional instructor (saxophone). She is proud of her master’s project (2000) contribution of helping to jump start the VCM archives.

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