Professional Development for Teachers

Winter/Spring 2017 - Online courses for teachers

First Course Begins Monday, Jan 30th. Read more below.

Online Professional Development through Music-COMP,
a recognized professional development provider in collaboration with
Castleton University for graduate credits.

General Information: No specific class meeting times - no face-to-face meetings
Assignments due on a weekly basis in the online course discussion and project sharing site.
Each course content includes: Research and Best Practice on the topic, online posts and discussion with classmates, document project planning and implementation into your own music classroom.

Cost: Each course is available for workshop credit only ($299 each) or for one graduate credit ($419 each). Take one course or more during the winter/spring.


One course available - January 30 - March 10
MUS 5710 - CFS3 0 1 graduate credit through Castleton University or 15 hours of workshop credit
Review and Implementation of the 2014 Music Standards (Part I)
Registration and More Info Link:
Sandi MacLeod, Ed. D, instructor
Two courses available March 27- May 5
Each course 1 graduate credit through Castleton University or 15 hours of workshop credit
March 27 - May 5
Music Composition Techniques and Teaching Methods
Registration and More Info Link:
Matt LaRocca, DMA, instructor
March 27 - May 5
New 2014 Music Standards: Further Implementation (Part II)
Part I or an equivalent required prior to Part II
Registration Link and More Info Link:
Sandi MacLeod, Ed.D, instructor

Summer Information - SAVE the DATE - July 17-21, 2017

More information here.

New location - Lyndon State in the stunning Northeast Kingdom. NEK was listed in 2006 by National Geographic Society as one of the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world. Make this your summer study location!

Two separate courses offered, both three credits each with graduate credit through Castleton University or as workshop credit only.

  • Annual Summer Institute - Technology for Teaching and Learning for All Music Classrooms 
  • First Steps in MusicTM with Betsy Greene

NEW - Composing for Piano

Opus 29 includes the opportunity to write for piano. Learn more here!

Erik Nielsen, our Senior Mentor,  has created a podcast to guide students in composing for the piano.

Listen here to the full podcast and view the Score Examples below as you listen.


Piano Range

Writing for Piano Main Points

Podcast Text Transcript from the audio file

Score Examples

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Perspectives in Music Composition - Podcasts

This audio recording series, Perspectives in Music Composition, was conceived as an additional resource for members of the Vermont MIDI Project and the Connecticut Composition Project by Richard Wells, Sandi MacLeod and Erik Nielsen. We gladly share them with any teacher or student interested in learning more about music composition. Rich is coordinator of the CCP and audio engineer for the series below.


21 lessons in Music Composition here.