Social & Emotional Learning in Music Education

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Social & Emotional Learning
in Music Education

February 8–May 9, 2021

Dr. Scott Edgar wrote Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music (2017) to better prepare music educators to engage their students musically, socially and emotionally. In this course, Dr. Edgar reflects on individual classroom contexts, learning about SEL, and examines techniques to enrich the music classroom. Modules include:

  • What is SEL?

  • Socialization in the Music Classroom

  • Self-Awareness in the Music Classroom

  • Relationships in the Music Classroom

  • Responsible Decision-Making


  • A broad understanding of SEL as a construct
  • An understanding of how music classrooms facilitate a social web of relationships
  • The ability to draw connections between music curricula and SEL curricula
  • The ability to make inferences for individual classrooms at all levels and areas (K-12 general, band, choir, orchestra)

Instructor: Dr. Scott N. Edgar

Edgar,_Scott_headshot_2020 Dr. Scott N. Edgar is associate professor of music, music education chair, and director of bands at Lake Forest College. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on musical social emotional learning. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a Conn-Selmer educational clinician and a VH1 Save the Music Foundation educational consultant.

Social & Emotional Learning
in Music Education

Course Code 7071

Dr. Scott N. Edgar

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
February 21, March 14 & May 2
7:308:30 p.m. Central


Required Texts
Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music by S.N. Edgar (GIA Publications)

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music — Student Workbook by S.N. Edgar (GIA Publications)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not provide any course materials nor have any 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.

Spring 2022 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Feb. 14. 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 February 14, 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).

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