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What’s the difference between joining a cohort and starting now?

On the MCE homepage you can choose between signing up for a cohort or starting right away on your own. The cohort model waits for a critical mass of learners to sign up and then launches an 8-week long email campaign, structuring the MCE experience and encouraging collaboration among peers. As all of the assignments and conversations occur online, taking part in a cohort will ensure that there are other learners learning alongside you. If you’re more interested in exploring one particular element of MCE (such as peer learning) or don’t want to wait to get started, the second option is for you. Scrolling down on the homepage, you can jump right in to any of the six MCE collections.

How do I navigate MCE?

Whether you join a cohort or go it alone, our community exists primarily in our discussion forum, where each collection has its own category for discussion. Some of the collections link to our "Course in a Box" pages that hold a number of learning modules. Whether you enter the community on your own or wait for a cohort, the first stop along your MCE journey will be the "Explore" post that accompanies each collection. This post is pinned to the top of each category and introduces the collection. From there, it directs you to the activity, where you can post your work and comment on the work of your co-learners. Or, for Music Works 1 and Music Works 2 you'll be directed to our "Course in a Box" page. Additionally, LCL utilizes other platforms such as Unhangouts and ZeeMaps to host live events, find nearby learners, and strengthen the community.

How is this different from participating in YCIW?

The Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop is a curriculum program that includes web lessons and classroom activities for students, on line composer mentoring of student work and live performance of each student's piece. The curriculum is adminstered by classroom teachers using the YCIW LMS. Music Composition as Experience (MCE) is a learning community that includes a number of activities and experiences aimed at helping teachers explore the principles and philosophy found in the YCIW curriculum. Many teachers choose to take part in MCE as they are simultaneously participating in YCIW with their music class. However, MCE is open to everyone and can serve to enhance any music teachers practice regardless of their participation in YCIW. For complete info on the YCIW program visit yciw.net.

How do I sign up?

Good news. There is no sign-up. If you like, you can join a cohort or register your email so we can send you community-wide announcements about upcoming seminars and activities. But you can also just follow along with the updates we will be posting in our discussion forum.

Will there be some form of certification?

No. There is no certification, no graduation, and no end date. Once you join the community, we hope you’ll continue to come back often to share your thoughts, offer feedback for other learners, and seek out opportunities for collaboration. But you can get a Badge! Who doesn't love getting badges!

I don’t want to join a cohort, but I’d like to be notified of community wide announcements.

No problem! Feel free to register your email so we can send you updates about community wide seminars and activities.