Theory, History & Composition for ALL Students:
Creating Accessible, Diverse & Relevant Lessons

September 20December 12, 2021

Music education should reach all students with all types of music. This asynchronous course provides a framework for reimagining music theory, history and composition to create lessons that teach musical concepts using music of all styles, and empowers students to seek the relevancy and meaning of music on their own. Each week of the course will include a small project that can be used with your students right away, and these projects will scaffold to form a framework for teaching music in a collaborative and inclusive manner. This collaborative course will also allow us to explore our own musical biases, expand our knowledge of music from other cultures, and we will engage in healthy discussion about music's role in society today.

Instructor: John Mlynczak

Mlynczak,_John_headshot_2020_CROPJohn Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry. He is currently the Vice President of Music Education & Technology for Hal Leonard, and 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.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288