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Music, the Brain & Learning

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SUMMER 2021
All online Summer MECA
courses begin on June 7
and conclude on August 1,
except as noted.


Registration Extended!
Registration closes at
5:00 p.m. CST on June 20, 2021
for ONLINE Courses.
 

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Music, the Brain & Learning

ONLINE
June 7–August 1, 2021

Students will explore current research and best practices in music learning and teaching with respect to brain anatomy, development, and function, psychological and sociological intersections, personal learning styles and habits and music teaching methods. Culturally responsive teaching will be examined as it pertains to accommodating differently abled music learners, students of widely varying cultures and traditional music learning and teaching methodologies. Course participants will examine current practice as well as analyze their own practice and devise practical approaches to planning for and implementing music instruction. The course is designed to allow participant learners to pursue their personal interests and professional practices and to provide an opportunity for reflection and revision or reinforcement of their practices.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze their own personal learning and instructional style
  • Identify and use the concepts and practices of action research
  • Conduct a short action research project in a personal area of interest
  • Identify basic brain function and anatomy as it relates to learning, retention and mastery
  • Discuss brain function as it applies to music instruction and practice
  • Identify the connections between music learning, instruction and brain function with cultural relevance, diverse learners, and current music instructional practice
  • Apply principles of music learning, teaching and brain function to planning for music instruction


Instructor: Elizabeth Allison

f-57-162-9881172_5ZyGMMlK_page2image5376 Elizabeth Allison is a highly respected educator, musician, professional development provider and facilitator in the areas of pedagogy, music classroom methods, culturally responsive teaching, innovative practice, and faculty learning communities. She has taught PreK-12 music in public and private schools and finds great joy in working with students of all ages. Currently, Allison is Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches Music Education Methods; Music, the Brain and Learning; Multicultural Approaches to Music; and Philosophy of Education. She is the advisor to the Berklee NAfME chapter and a Senior ETUDE Scholar in Diversity and Equity. Allison has received two Berklee Urban Service awards, one for founding the KidsJam program, and one for faculty development work with Berklee CityMusic. She was named Student Activities Advisor of the Year in 2012 and received the Berklee Distinguished Faculty Award in 2019.
        
Allison has conducted professional development and conference clinics in Europe, Mexico and around the U.S. and has published articles in a variety of journals. As a member of NAfME, “Libby” has served the Massachusetts Music Education Association on the Executive Board in several positions; presented at state, division and national conferences. Her work has been recognized with a Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in General Music Award. She is also an active member of the Association of Popular Music Education (APME).
 

Course Details

Music, the Brain & Learning

Course Code 7641

Instructor
Elizabeth Allison
eallison@vandercook.edu

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
None required

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
How the Brain Learns
by David Sousa
(Corwin Press)

This Is Your Brain on Music
by Daniel Levitin
(Penguin)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not have any course materials available for purchase.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required. 

MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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.

Online grades will be reported by mid-June. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com.

 

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