Paving the Way: Tools & Strategies for Remote Learning


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Paving the Way:
Tools & Strategies for
Remote Learning

July 6August 2, 2020

The abrupt move to remote learning in the spring left little time to reflect and build a sequence for meaningful lessons for our students. In addition, many of us find ourselves in need of a crash course on creating and uploading videos along with tools for assessment and making thinking visible. This single-credit course will offer the time to reflect on student needs, best tools to apply, and ideas for converting concepts into interactive lessons. This course will include short assignments each week, topic discussions, community building, and networking with other teachers. Tech tools will include screencasting options, video creation and assessment tools. Teaching strategies will focus on a gradual progression towards learning outcomes, gathering evidence of learning/standards, and ideas on how to build a community in a remote setting.

This course is designed for K-12 music teachers.


Abigail Blair

Abigail Blair has 16 years of experience in general music grades PreK-5 in the Chicago suburbs. Her education includes a bachelor's degree in music education from Augustana College, a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University, and Orff certification instruction from Vandercook College of Music and DePaul University. She has a background studying composition and music production through Berklee College of Music and is an Apple Teacher. She is adjunct faculty at North Park University in Chicago and enjoys teaching at universities, workshops and webinars on the subjects of interactive classrooms, STEAM, arts collaboration, musical production and music pedagogy. She is a contributing author for Activate! Magazine as well as author for other publications from Heritage Music Press. In addition, she is the creator and author of Beat Blocks (R) products and lessons and co-creator of #BlairFinchProject.

Kathryn Finch

Kathryn Finch (MMEd '03) has 22 years of experience in the elementary general music classroom and currently teaches in a northern suburb of Chicago. She speaks passionately about the shift in music education from teacher-led activities to student-led activities and focuses on practical ways music educators can transform their classrooms to empower their students to own their learning. She has been a guest on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast on empowering music students and recently joined the team at Activate! Magazine as a contributing author of general music lesson plans. A published work, Creating Adaptive Instruments with a Makey Makey, can be found in the Fall 2019 issue of the Illinois Music Educator Journal. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Augustana College and her master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music. She is a co-creator of the #BlairFinchProject, certified in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk, an Apple Teacher, a technology leader in her school district, and is generally passionate about an inclusive music experience for all her students. Read more about Finch's professional journey at

Course Details

Paving the Way:
Tools & Strategies
for Remote Learning

Abigail Blair
Kathryn Finch

July 6August 2, 2020

No-credit Option: $199,
due in full with registration
Course Code 6270A

1 Graduate Credit: $350,
due in full with registration
Course Code 6270B


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

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.

Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. 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, visit to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative 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!

Transcript requests can be made online using the Transcript Request Form. Any inquiries regarding transcripts should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 312.788.1151. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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