Standards-Based Learning, Grading & Reporting in the Music Classroom

          For Spring 2020

           For Summer 2020


Online Courses
All online Summer MECA
courses begin on June 8 and
conclude on July 31, 2020.

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June 5, 2020.

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PLEASE NOTE: All on-campus courses will have a required online component. Each course will require students to engage in one pre-course discussion, at least one post-course discussion, and a capstone project due two weeks after the course. Online credentials will be available three weeks prior to the start of each course.

Visit our MECA FAQs page.

Drop, withdraw or change using
 Add/Drop Form.

For other MECA-related questions,
contact us at
or 312.788.1139.

Standards-Based Learning, Grading & Reporting
in the Music Classroom

Spring 2020:  March 25May 4
Summer 2020:  June 8
July 31

This course is designed for K-12 music educators who are new to standards-based learning, grading, and reporting. This course is also applicable to music educators who have some experience with this topic, and are ready to take a deeper dive into improving their practice with standards-based learning, grading and reporting.

We will take a ground-up approach, building our understanding and proficiency with standards-based learning from a philosophical and practical approach. Students will use their real world experience and curriculum to apply the concepts presented in this class, giving them actionable skills — developing reporting standards, crafting learning targets, designing rubrics that fit in different situations, and more — for shifting their teaching and their students’ learning.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Utilize online professional resources to further learning in implementing standards-based grading
  • Develop reporting standards that reflect student learning.
  • Create meaningful learning targets to guide student learning.
  • Design rubrics that provide useful feedback for student progress toward learning targets.
  • Integrate standards-based grading principles into their daily practice.

Instructor: Greg Scapillato

Greg_Scapillato A native Chicagoan, Greg Scapillato currently serves as a member of the music faculty at Northbrook District 28 (IL), recently designated as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. He conducts the wind ensemble and 6th grade jazz band, along with teaching band lessons for grades 4-8. The Northbrook Junior High (NBJH) Wind Ensemble, under Scapillato’s direction, has benefitted from meaningful performance opportunities, including joint concerts with other middle school bands, service-based performances such as Veterans’ Day ceremonies, and sharing the stage with outstanding community and brass bands. Scapillato initiated the biannual NBJH Bands Alumni Concert to connect current NBJH band students to the lifelong love of music performance. The most recent alumni concert hosted graduates from across a 40+-year span.
In addition to his music-related pursuits, Scapillato actively hones his technology “chops," especially pertaining to the classroom. He is proud to have been a specialist with Apple for several years, making new technology accessible to individuals with a wide range of expertise. He regularly serves on various District 28 committees and initiatives related to technology integration in the classroom. Scapillato has also spearheaded the technology and logistics rollout for live-streaming HD video of District 28’s music events, as well as managing the editing, broadcast and archiving of performance footage.
Scapillato holds degrees from St. Norbert College, Western Illinois University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with additional graduate coursework through VanderCook College of Music. He is a member of Illinois Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, and the National Band Association. Scapillato is a founder and coordinator of the Music for All Middle School Concert Band Camp, part of the Music for All Summer Symposium held on the campus of Ball State University. He previously served Music for All as a member and coordinator of the SWAG Team, and as a full-time staff member.

Course Details

Standards-Based Learning, Grading & Reporting in the
Music Classroom

Spring Course Code 7770
Summer Course Code 7480

Greg Scapillato

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration.

Early bird special: Register by
April 17 and save $100!

Tuition must be paid in full at the
time of registration for the
discount to apply.

Online Chat Sessions

Required Text(s)
The Standards-Based Classroom:
Make Learning the Goal

by Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams

Required Software/Hardware
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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