Teaching Theory at the Secondary Level (online)


This course will explore various topics relating to teaching theory at the middle and high school levels, which will include topics related to the AP Theory test. Material on both the fundamental and advanced levels will be addressed. Concepts concerning written theory and aural skills, materials available, and the creation of lesson plans will be covered. All students must attend the Aural Skills Weekend scheduled for April 13-14, 2013, at VanderCook (additional registration for this weekend is not required). Tuition for this course includes the cost of the Aural Skills Weekend. Students must register for this course by 12:00 p.m. CST on February 1, 2013.  

Required text: Teaching Approaches in Music Theory by Michael Rogers (ISBN 0-8093-2595-0).
Initial class materials will be sent out on February 4, 2013. If materials are not received by 5:00 p.m. on that date, please contact Mary Ann Krupa immediately at

Instructor: Mary Ann Krupa

krupa_mary_annMs. Krupa has been with VanderCook since 1993 and has extensive teaching and performing experience. She received a master of music and a bachelor of music in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music. Her numerous solo and chamber music performances include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Carnegie Hall, WFMT, the Unity Temple Series, and the Beverly Art Center. Ms. Krupa served as music director and rehearsal pianist for numerous musicals for Village Players, Triton College and Open Door Repertory Company. She has acted as accompanist for William Ferris Chorale, Goodman School of Drama, and varied vocal and instrumental studios. She is also in her 16th year as music director for the CAST Program in Oak Park.


Course Information

The online courses offered this spring each have two course levels. Students enrolled in the M.M.Ed program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll in online courses at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the M.M.Ed program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register at the 7000 level. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the M.M.Ed and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at

7513 Teaching Theory at the Secondary Level (online) - MECA LEVEL
3 graduate credits
Tuition: $870
Tuition is due in full with registration.

521 Teaching Theory at the Secondary Level (online) - GRAD LEVEL
2 graduate credits
Tuition: $950
Tuition is due in full with registration.


Chat sessions will be held on February 6, February 20, March 6, March 27, April 11, and May 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (all times CST).  The final project must be completed by May 8, 2013.

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