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Meadows Faculty Teach Continuing Ed Classes for Public This Fall

Jazz history, rock and roll, piano performance and digital marketing classes offered through CAPE and Meadows programs

You don’t have to be an SMU student to take courses from Meadows professors this year. Evening classes by several music and communications faculty members are available through SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, and the Meadows School is also offering a new digital training program for business professionals.

Meadows Digital Accelerator Program

This September the Meadows School is introducing a new four-day Digital Accelerator Certificate program for business people. Its goal is to give working professionals the latest digital strategies and tools to stay ahead of the competition. The program provides mentorship, hands-on education and an action toolkit and is taught by professors from the Temerlin Advertising Institute and industry leaders. The program takes place November 14 - 17. A free webinar previewing the program will be held September 7 at 7 p.m. Read more on the Accelerator faculty and curriculum.


Kim Corbet, adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Music, is teaching two CAPE classes: Music History in Context: Rock and Roll and The History of Jazz. The Rock class offers a chronological tour of rock and roll music, highlighting connections between popular music, the musicians and the audience as well as the social and political environment in which it was created. This class is for music lovers who want to know more about the context of songs that have played an important part in American culture for the last 60 years. The class begins on Sept. 12 and runs for six Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $149. The Jazz class explores the origins and evolution of this uniquely American music. Participants will learn about jazz icons, major styles and seminal recordings from various decades and come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art form as well as its socio-political context. The class will be held on four successive Mondays, beginning November 7. Cost is $129.

Kevin Gunter, lecturer in the Division of Music, is teaching Performance Piano, an advanced class that allows participants to hone their performance skills and practice more complicated repertoire. Class members will also work to improve their sight-reading skills and increase their knowledge of music theory. The class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:15; cost is $375.

Steve Lee, professor of practice in Meadows’ Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Division, is teaching two classes as part of CAPE’s new Digital Marketing Certificate Program. “Best Practices in Social Media and Digital Communications” reviews the latest services and channels and provides an understanding of content marketing techniques. The class meets on eight Monday evenings beginning September 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. “Digital Engagement and Advanced Social Media Management” takes a deep dive into best practices, strategic uses and engagement techniques for all digital communication tools, especially blogs and social media networks. The class meets on seven Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning January 23, 2017.

About CAPE:

SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers noncredit courses to the community, including personal enrichment, professional development, test preparation, and summer youth programs. CAPE students can learn something new about a variety of interesting subjects or enhance their careers in our unique, interdisciplinary courses. For more information, visit

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