Teaching & Learning Online with MusicFirst


Fall MECA Online Courses
All Fall MECA online courses
are generally held from
Sept. 21 through Dec. 13, 2020,
unless specified.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.  
on September 18, 2020

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Teaching & Learning Online
with MusicFirst

Cohort 1:  September 21–October 13, 2020

Cohort 2:  October 16–November 15, 2020

Note: This is a 4-week course offered in two cohorts. Students can choose either cohort but do not need to attend both.

MusicFirst is a comprehensive learning management system developed by music educators for music educators. With integrated cloud-based music software and a full suite of teaching and learning tools, music educators can create customized lesson content, assessments and much more, all while delivering instruction within a single sign-on environment. This four-week course takes an in-depth look at MusicFirst’s online classroom and integrated software, and examines best practices for designing engaging lessons that are suitable for the K-12 music classroom or ensemble room. Participants in the course will receive a subscription to the MusicFirst Online Classroom with full access to all of the software offerings for the duration of the course.

Course Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Easily Navigate the MusicFirst Online Classroom;
  • Set up classes and onboard students;
  • Easily create tasks, lesson plans and assessments;
  • Incorporate images, videos and other embedded content in tasks and lessons;
  • Share lessons with students;
  • Use the grade book;
  • Use MusicFirst Content in lessons; and
  • Use MusicFirst integrated music software in tasks and lessons to create engaging activities for music creation, music theory and performance.

Instructor: Stefani Langol

slangol Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author and education technology consultant. She is an associate professor of music education at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the technology coordinator for the music education department. In addition, Langol is an adjunct assistant professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she teaches music technology classes for the Master of Music Education degree program.
Langol is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit and TI:ME national certification courses at numerous sites throughout the Northeast. In addition, Langol served as editor-in-chief of the TI:MEs newsletter from 1997-2004 and the technology editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal from 2004-2012. For over 20 years, Langol has designed and delivered technology training to K-12 and higher education music educators, and has been a featured presenter at numerous state, national and international music educator conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Toronto and Nelson (Canada).
Langol is a co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing; and Composing with Notation Software as well as the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1. In addition, she has published several articles on music technology in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.

Course Details

Teaching & Learning Online
with MusicFirst

Stefani Langol

Cohort 1: Sept. 21–Oct. 15
Code 6790 A9 - No Credit
Code 6790 B9 - 1 Graduate Credit

Cohort 2: Oct. 16–Nov. 15
Code 6790 A10 - No Credit
Code 6790 B10 - 1 Graduate Credit

No Credit (certification only)
$199, due in full with registration

1 Graduate Credit
(with certification)

$355, due in full with registration

Online Sessions


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Chromebook or any computer connected to the internet with adequate Wifi access. IPads are not recommended for this course.

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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