Distance Learning with Google Classroom for Music Educators


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Distance Learning with
Google Classroom
Music Educators

Cohort 1:  April 6May 1, 2020
Cohort 2:  May 4
31, 2020

Learn how to teach an online course, create your distance learning lessons, and get PD hours and optional graduate credit all at the same time! This course will model how to effectively teach an asynchronous online course while providing flexible and practical assignments to allow you to both learn and create usable lessons for your students. Teachers at any level will benefit and you will have the opportunity to use G Suite resources and online music applications that fit your needs. Each week will include 3-3.5 hours of coursework with a combination of video instruction, lesson creating, and discussions/feedback. As a class cohort, we will all support each other as well and have the ability to share ideas and lessons.

Instructor: John Mlynczak

Mlynczak,_John_headshot_2020_CROPJohn Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education. Mlynczak is the managing director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company. Previously, he served as director of education for PreSonus Audio. Mlynczak has taught music, music technology and music business at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. He is an active performer, maintains a steady clinician schedule in music technology, and is past-president of the Technology Institute for Music Educators. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education, serving on the NAMM Support Music and State Advocacy Coalitions and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force, and is the advocacy chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance and educational leadership.

Course Details

Distance Learning
with Google Classroom
for Music Educators

John Mlynczak

Cohort 1 - April 6
May 1
Course Code 7460 A4 - No Credit
Course Code 7460 B4 - 1 Grad. Credit

Cohort 2 - May 431
Course Code 7460 A5 - No Credit
Course Code 7460 B5 - 1 Grad. Credit

No Credit
$199, due in full with registration

1 Graduate Credit
$350, due in full with registration

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MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, 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.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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