The secondary general music experience comes at a pivotal time in the life of an adolescent. As our students gain broader curiosity and awareness of themselves and the world around them, music and the arts play an integral role in feeding their curiosities. How can we, as music educators, successfully inspire and nurture our students to engage with the world in musically positive and creative ways?


This course is designed to introduce creative, engaging and culturally relevant learning experiences in the secondary general music classroom. Students will engage in a myriad of activities, projects, approaches and discussions that focus on communal music making, perceptive listening, music criticism/journalism, engagement strategies, cultural relevancy, technology implementation, musicology, best practices, and cultivating the life-long music learner/maker.

Instructors: Leo Park


Leo Park teaches orchestra and various non-BOC music electives at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois.  He is instructor of Secondary General Music Methods in the Graduate Studies Program at VanderCook College of Music and has served as instructor of String Pedagogy and Methods at both North Park University (Chicago) and Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago).  Leo is founder of Chi City Music Makers - a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing Chicago youth and adults with nurturing spaces to be musically creative.  He is a graduate of DePaul University and VanderCook College of Music and is a 2010 recipient of the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction award.  With over 12 years of experience teaching secondary general music, Leo is excited to continue sharing and learning alongside those who are on the front lines every single day dedicated to educating our youth and shaping them to become noble, compassionate, empathetic, productive and creative stewards of the world.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288