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

Registration for
all online courses
expires at
12:00 noon CST
June 5, 2020.

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.

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.

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 Music Education Center of America (MECA) Continuing Education

Registration Open Now

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

July Courses Added!

Registration Closes July 10

New! Paving the Way: Tools & Strategies for Remote Learning with Abigail Blair & Kathryn Finch

New! Taking the Classroom to Google: Organize Your Music Program for Remote Learning
with Lisa Hatfield



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

Best Practices of Effective Conductors with Craig Kirchhoff, Reena Esmail, Stephen Squires, Alex Shapiro, William Jastrow & Charles "Chip" Staley

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

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

A Complete Guide to Playing & Teaching the Ukulele with Kalani Das, MT-BC

New! Conductor/Teacher/Leader: Successfully Navigating Instruction for the Middle School Band with Stacey Larson Dolan

Conversational Solfège with John Feierabend

New! Creating a Responsive General Music Classroom with Manju Durairaj

New! Creating Video Using iMovie for the iPad with Vincent Leonard

Developing Choirs: Laying the Foundation with Cathy DeLanoy

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

New! Drive Book Study & Classroom Application with Chris Gleason

Ensemble Drumming: Drum Set Techniques & Methods with Darren Scorza

New! Exploring & Creating Resources for Online Teaching & Learning with Stefani Langol

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! Habits of a Successful & Significant Band Director with Scott Rush

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

Intermediate Jazz Bass & Improvisation (Upright & Electric) with Doug Bistrow

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

Introduction to Orff Schulwerk with Dr. Jean Hersey

Introduction to the Kodály Method with Thom Borden

It's All in the Planning with Keith Ozsvath

New! Mindfulness for the Music Educator with Dr. Matthew Arau

Music Administration 101 with Rick Coulter

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 Education & Social Emotional Learning (SEL): The Heart of Teaching Music
with Dr. Scott N. Edgar

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

Music, the Brain & Learning with Elizabeth Allison

Noteflight Learn Educator Certification with Stefani Langol

New! Online Tools for Student Self-Assessment with Mark Reid

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

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

New! Playful Pedagogy I: Beginning with Process Teaching with Drue Bullington & Matthew Stensrud

New! Playful Pedagogy II: Growing into Your Creative Process with Drue Bullington
& Matthew Stensrud

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

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

New! Teaching Songwriting, Improvisation & Creativity in the Classroom with Marc Evan Diaz

New! Technology for the General Music Educator & More! with Manju Durairaj & Dr. Robert Amchin

Upright & Electric Bass: Level I with Doug Bistrow

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

Winning Strategies for a Positive Band Environment: Leadership, Accountability & Community with Dr. Myra Rhoden & Dr. Zandra Bell-McRoy

World Folk Song & Dance with Lillie Feierabend


July 27–31, 2020

Band Instrument Repair with Gary Everett & Bill Rife

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist with Dr. James Yakas


Summer Orff Teacher Education Levels
have been canceled for 2020.

Dates for Summer 2021 are July 12-21.

Check the online section above for other Orff-related
and general music courses available this summer.


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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