The MECA continuing education program offers graduate courses for teachers seeking practical knowledge and skills that can be used in their classroom. Up to 12 credits earned in MECA classes can be applied to a master of music education degree at VanderCook College of Music.



  • IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for Choirs
  • GarageBand for the Music Educator
  • No Budget Needed: Enhance Your Program's Administration, Organization & Communication Using Google!
  • Successfully Including Students on the Autism Spectrum in Music Classes, Rehearsals & Ensembles
  • Integrating the iPad into the Music Education Curriculum
  • Finale Music Notation Software
  • Teaching Music in a Common Core World
  • A Complete Guide to Playing & Teaching the Ukulele
  • Teaching Music in the Cloud
  • Band Arranging


  • Band Instrument Repair


  • New Teacher Weekend: Wisconsin
  • The Midwest Experience: A Retrospective
  • NAfME National In-Service Conference: A Retrospective
  • Illinois ASTA Fall String Teacher Workshop 2014
  • Chicago Area Kodály Educators (CAKE) 2014- 2015 Workshop Series
  • GCAOSA 2014-2015 Workshop Series


  • Building Your Middle School Choir Program - Sept. 20-21
  • Ukuleles, Creativity & the Virtual Classroom - Oct. 4-5
  • Habits of a Successful Band Director - Oct. 25-26
  • A Practical Approach to Guitar Curriculum, Beginning-Intermediate - Nov. 8-9
  • Differentiation: Giving Every Student What They Need to Succeed - Nov. 15-16

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288