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

Registration for all
online courses closes at
12:00 noon CST on
May 29, 2020.

Early bird special! Register
for any online course by
April 17 and save $50!

Discount applies to 3-credit courses
only. Tuition must be paid in full at
the time of registration for the
discount to apply.

On-Campus Courses 
Dates for on-campus courses
vary; please check each
course page for specific dates.

Registration for all
on-campus courses closes
two weeks prior to the
course start date.

Early bird special! Register for
any on-campus course by
April 17 and save $100!

Discount applies to 3-credit
courses only. Tuition must be paid
in full at the time of registration
for the discount to apply. 

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education 
levels and Band Instrument Repair 
are not eligible for the discount.

General hours for all
on-campus courses

MondayThursday: 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
unless otherwise indicated or established 
by the course instructor.

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.

Summer 2020 MECA Continuing Education

Registration Open Now

Courses and faculty subject to change prior to the start of any course.
Please check back to confirm dates.



WEEK 1: June 8–12, 2020

Band Instrument Repair with Gary Everett & Bill Rife

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist with Dr. James Yakas


WEEK 2: June 15–19, 2020

New! Classroom Content as Concert Stage Repertoire: Best Practices for the Intermediate Orchestra with Dr. Laurie Scott & Dr. John-Rine Zabanal

Innovative Rehearsal Techniques to Boost Artistry, Engagement & Retention with Glen Schneider, Alex Kaminsky & Dr. Carolyn Barber


WEEK 3: June 22–26, 2020

Conversational Solfège with John Feierabend

New! Creating Choral Connections Through Movement & Gesture with Rodney Eichenberger
& Randy Stenson

Strings for the Non-String Major with Dr. John-Rine Zabanal & guests

World Folk Song & Dance with Lillie Feierabend


WEEK 4: June 29–July 3, 2020

Developing Choirs: Laying the Foundation with Cathy DeLanoy [2 credits, June 29-July 1]

Empowering Students to Make Musical Decisions with Charles "Chip" Staley [2 credits,
June 29-July 1]

Songwriting & Composition for the Classroom with Michael Miles

New! Using Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble with Mike Steinel


WEEK 5: July 6–10, 2020

It's All in the Planning with Keith Ozsvath

Social & Emotional Learning in Music Education with Dr. Scott N. Edgar

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs with Dr. Alice M. Hammel


WEEK 6: July 13–17, 2020

Conducting Gestures & Teaching Methods That Inspire Young Musicians with Charles "Chip" Staley


WEEK 7: July 20–24, 2020

Teaching Guitar Workshops: Levels I & II

Teaching the Middle School Band with Stacey Larson Dolan & guests


WEEK 8: July 27–31, 2020

Band Instrument Repair with Gary Everett & Bill Rife [2nd session]



June 8–July 31, 2020

21st Century Orff Schulwerk: A Model for Collaborative Learning & Culturally Responsive Teaching
with Manju Durairaj

Air on a G Suite: Google Tools for Music Education with John Mlynczak

Basics of Mixing Music with Jack Klotz Jr.

New! Beginning Jazz Improvisation with Michael Fein

Beyond Bass Basics with Doug Bistrow

Beyond Singing: A Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program with Stan McGill

Build, Maintain & Champion an Enduring, High Quality Music Program with Charles "Chip" Staley

Digital Assessment Tools for the Band, Orchestra & Choir Director with Keith Ozsvath

Ensemble Drumming: Techniques & Methods with Darren Scorza

New! Exploring & Creating Resources for Online Teaching & Learning with Stefani Langol
[8-week course]

Finale Music Notation with Vincent Leonard

From Rehearsal to the Concert Hall with Glen Schneider

Guitar for the Music Educator: Level I with Matt Hudson

New! High Needs, Monumental Successes: Understanding, Teaching & Advocating for Students from Low-Income & High-Needs Areas with Don Stinson

Music Composition for Media with Chee-Ping Ho

Music Educators as Influencers: Policies, Trends & Issues in the 21st Century Music Classroom with Mark Reid

Music Student Portfolios Using Google Slides & Reflective Practices with Glen Scheinder

Music, the Brain & Learning with Elizabeth Allison

Noteflight Learn Educator Certification with Stefani Langol

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: World Percussion with Zachary Himelhoch

Scoring for Band with Ken Snoeck

Sound Decisions About Quality High School Band Repertoire with Dr. Jay Gilbert

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

New! Teaching & Learning Online with MusicFirst with Stefani Langol [4-week course, 2 cohorts available]

Upright & Electric Bass: Level I with Doug Bistrow

Web Design for Your School Music Program: Connecting to Your Community with Stefani Langol

World Percussion & Drum Circle Facilitation for the Music Classroom with Zachary Himelhoch
[2 credits, July 13-15] 



July 617, 2020

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level I with Dr. Jean Hersey & guests

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level II with Dr. Jean Hersey & guests

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level III with Dr. Jean Hersey & guests

July 2024, 2020

Orff Master Class with Dr. Robert Amchin

Orff Schulwerk Curriculum & Design with Dr. Jean Hersey & Cynthia Seputis


VanderCook College of Music is an independent, not-for-profit,
degree-granting institution, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and
the National Association of Schools of Music. VanderCook’s teacher certification programs
are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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