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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


You Get What You Give: Enrich your music program with Creativity, Compassion, and Fun


September 18-December 8, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 early bird discount will be applied until August 31.


Think of this course as a music program make-over! Applying the concepts from the book Pathways by Joseph Alsobrook, create the music program you desire by diving into the five gifts music students need: love, attention, accomplishment, boundaries, and fun. Key learning activities include weekly readings, discussion & collaboration. At the end of this course, participants will have concrete ideas and completed projects that directly improve their teaching and culture. Open to all beginning, middle, and high school band, orchestra, and choral directors.


Chat Session

Online Zoom meetings every other Thursday @ 7:30pm central - Starting Thursday, September 28



Required Text(s)

Pathways by Joseph Alsobrook (ISBN-13: 978-1579991340)

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).


keith ozsvath

Keith Ozsvath

MECA Faculty

Keith shares his life-long passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois, a nine-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education. In addition to teaching the grade level bands, he leads the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Activities Director. Keith teaches courses at VanderCook College of Music & has presented numerous professional development sessions at The Midwest Clinic, Georgia Music Educators Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and Illinois Music Educators Conference.

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Lisa Hatfield

MECA Faculty

Lisa Hatfield is the 5th grade band and orchestra teacher for all six elementary schools in Batavia, IL. With Keith Ozsvath, she has also co-instructed the Rotolo Middle School bands, and is one of the co-founders and directors of Encore!, Batavia’s leading summer music camp.
Lisa graduated with honors from VanderCook College of Music and earned her Masters in Educational and Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. She has presented at numerous conferences including AMLE, ILMEA, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, and has taught continuing education courses through VanderCook’s MECA program throughout the last decade. Lisa received the “Kane County Women of Distinction” Award, was named a Yamaha “40 Under 40” Educator for 2023, and for the ninth time, her district has earned the “Best Community for Music Education” designation by the NAMM foundation.

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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