Captivate to Educate: Creating FUN Wherever You Can!


Fall MECA Online Courses
All Fall MECA online courses
are generally held from
Sept. 20 through Dec. 12, 2021,
unless specified.


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Captivate to Educate:
Creating FUN
Wherever You Can!

September 20–November 14, 2021

In this course, you'll have the opportunity to reshape and reimagine various aspects of your program to be more creative, interesting, and FUN! Each week will focus on a topic that YOU get to decide how to apply to what you’re already doing, or develop something brand new to try! The overall goal of this 8-week session is to give your hard work an innovative facelift, refresh your own motivation, spark interest in potential students, and keep your current musicians excited and engaged!

Topics will include: updating lessons and assignments, amplifying practice routines, enhancing parent-communication, jazzing up fundamentals, upgrading performances, strengthening community outreach, livening up recruitment and retention, nourishing student relationships, and approaching things with a “joy of learning” point-of-view. This course will lean towards programs of younger instrumental learners, but everyone will adaptively benefit and are welcome to join!

Basic computer and internet skills are needed as we will be utilizing the Google Suite to digitize and update documents and presentations. No additional software or books are required, but we will be sharing ideas weekly, discussing excerpts and articles, and focusing on the pedagogy of “fun learning.”

Instructor: Lisa Hatfield

Hatfield,_Lisa_headshot_2012Lisa Hatfield (BMEd ’06) is the 5th grade band teacher for all six elementary schools in Batavia, IL. During her 15-year career, she has also taught beginning orchestra, co-instructed the Rotolo Middle School bands, and is one of the co-founders and directors of Encore!, Batavia’s only summer music camp.

Lisa graduated with honors from VanderCook College of Music and earned her master's degree in educational and instructional technology from Northern Illinois University. She has presented at numerous conferences including the National Middle School Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, and also teaches technology-infused music courses through VanderCook's online MECA Continuing Education Program. Hatfield received the "Kane County Women of Distinction'' Award, and 2021 marks the 6th consecutive year her district has earned the "Best Community for Music Education" designation by the NAMM foundation.

Captivate to Educate:
Creating FUN Wherever
You Can!

Course Code 6291

Lisa Hatfield

2 Graduate Credits

$710, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions 
Bi-weekly on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. CDT


Required Text(s)

Required Materials

Software/Hardware Requirements
Basic computer and internet skills are needed.



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.

Fall 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 20. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 20, 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-January. 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


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