What Do I Do Now? Essential Tools & Resources for Online Teaching

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and conclude on May 9, 2021,
except as noted.

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What Do I Do Now?
Essential Tools & Resources
for Online Teaching

February 8March 14, 2021

Teaching music online has been an adventure! Learn new ideas and tools to reinvigorate your online teaching arsenal. Explore fun and easy ways to incorporate composing, ear training, and resources to sharpen your students’ playing skills. We’ll also explore tools like BandLab Flat, Pear Deck, Flipgrid Shortz, Audacity and more to up your technology game.

Note: This course is geared toward band, orchestra and chorus teachers teaching in a remote or hybrid learning environment.

Instructor: Keith Ozsvath

Ozsvath,_Keith_headshot_2020Music educator Keith Ozsvath is passionate about helping other directors improve their craft. He maintains an active schedule as a blogger, professional development leader and middle school band clinician. Ozsvath has been sharing his life-long passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL, a five-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2001. Ozsvath currently directs the Symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning.

He has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators at the Midwest Clinic, Virginia Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Conference, VanderCook College of Music, and the Association of Middle Level Educators. His dedication to teaching has been recognized through the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015 and twice by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2017, Ozsvath was honored with an Exemplary Educator Award from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. He was inducted into the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2018.

What Do I Do Now?
Essential Tools & Resources
for Online Teaching

Keith Ozsvath

February 8–March 14, 2021

No Credit
$199, due in full with registration
Course Code 7240 A2

1 Graduate Credit
$355, due in full with registration
Course Code 7240 B2

Chat Sessions
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CST (optional)


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Mac or PC (not a Chromebook), connected to the Internet; access to notation software (Noteflight, Musescore, Sibelius, Finale) and Audacity (free download).

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 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Feb. 8. 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 8, 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).

More information about Schoology can be found at



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